Jobs could be axed if Hampshire authorities combine services

DECISION Cllr Ken Thornber, leader Hampshire County Council
DECISION Cllr Ken Thornber, leader Hampshire County Council
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FEARS have been raised over back-office jobs at three Hampshire services.

Hampshire County Council, Hampshire police and the county’s fire and rescue service are considering merging their departments which are operated by civilians.

The move could see IT services and human resources departments merged, with the possibility of hundreds of jobs being lost in the process.

The three services combined spend a total of roughly £90m on back-room employees, and each must save millions thanks to huge government spending cuts which began this year and are expected now to continue beyond 2015.

They employ a total of 1,459 people in the affected departments, though only a proportion of those jobs would be lost.

Hampshire County Council leader Cllr Ken Thornber said: ‘Why should there be a separate HR, finance and payroll department for the three of us? We’re looking at all services staffed by civilians.’