Council warning of possible job cuts

South Ayrshire Council has confirmed that it is currently reviewing the level of savings that it might have to make in the coming years.

And it has also admitted staffing levels within the council have fallen by 66 over the past year.

South Ayrshire Council agreed £22.3m worth of cumulative savings in December 2012 when it set its budget for the 2013/14 financial year.

The savings were made for the period 2014/15 until 2016/17 but council chiefs are now looking at the savings again.

Valerie Andrews, Acting Executive Director Resources, Governance and Organisation for South Ayrshire Council said: “Our 2013/14 budget, approved in December 2012, identified indicative savings requirements for the three year period 2014/15 to 2016/17, totalling £22.3m on a cumulative basis. We are currently reconsidering these figures as part on the annual budget setting process for 2014/15 to 2016/17 taking into account new factors which may have an effect on the level of savings required over the period.

“Given the level of savings required, it is likely that there will be an impact on both the size and shape of the workforce, however, the specific detail in this respect has still to be finalised.”

And in the past year, council staff levels have dropped from 5324 to 5248 but the council stress no final decisions have been made on this aspect.

Valerie Andrews added: “We will continue to work with communities to help ensure service design and delivery achieve agreed priority objectives. From an employment perspective there is ongoing dialogue with trades union colleagues to minimise the detrimental effect of any necessary decisions.”

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