More redundancies on the cards for Hampshire County Council

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AROUND 12,000 staff at a local authority have been offered redundancy as it looks to save £100m.

Hampshire County Council has sent letters offering voluntary redundancy to nearly all its staff, including senior officers.

The authority oversees services such libraries and highways across Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire. Those working in the schools sector are not included.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Letters offering voluntary redundancy and guidance, have been sent to all staff across the county council as part of the need to find on-going cost reductions, in response to continued cuts in government funding.

‘In the last four years, voluntary redundancy has been made available to different staff groups as a way of helping the county council meet overall budget savings.

‘On top of the £250m in savings by 2015, the council needs to find a further £100m in savings by April 2017, and all staff are being offered voluntary redundancy as a means of keeping the number of compulsory redundancies as low as possible.’

The deadline for applications is January 16.