Council reveals mass redundancies

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A COUNCIL is to shed up to 1,300 jobs in a bid to save £79m over the next three years.

Around 500 posts will go at West Sussex County Council and 800 could be transferred if some services are outsourced to the private sector.

The news came as councillors also agreed to freeze council tax.

Speaking at yesterday’s budget meeting council leader Louise Goldsmith said: ‘It has been the worst of times for all of us.

‘Nobody came on to the county council to make savings of such proportions, yet each one of us has to face our responsibility.

‘These savings cannot be made without radical changes to the county council and staff.

‘The council has been preparing for this day and over the last year or so has been holding posts vacant in order minimise the impact on our staff.’

The majority of the posts removed over the next three years will be in management and back office and support services, office administration and specialist functions such as HR, training, finance and democratic services.

The number of staff is being reduced from 6,300 to 5,000.