THE announcement that 2,000 jobs are to be lost at Leeds City Council is shocking, both for the people of the city who must fear services will be hit and for employees who must feel they are forever under the cosh.
The council says it will try to manage the change with voluntary redundancies but that compulsory job losses cannot be ruled out.
Even for a huge authority which employes 15,000 people, losing 2,000 is a heck of a cut which will cause uncertainty for staff.
Those whose jobs are on the line will, of course, face stress. But even the ones whose jobs are safe will also feel uncertainty and may see their workloads rise, too.
But it’s the people of Leeds – what the council might call service-users – who will also feel the brunt of reduced services.
The council’s cabinet will next week consider how key services will be safeguarded.
That is an important role.
The council says it will be ‘incredibly difficult to continue to protect those services’.
The council says it will review all services to see where savings can be made, income generated, and also where reductions in the workforce can happen with the least impact on public services.
We will be watching to make sure that happens. These are uncertain times for all at the council but services must be protected as strongly as possible.