Six social work jobs could be lost

Frontline council jobs helping vulnerable people could be under threat despite initial promises that no jobs would be cut.

As North Tyneside Council consults with residents over the 2014-15 budget, it has emerged that ten per cent of the jobs in the children’s social work services could be lost.

A total of six social jobs in the safeguarding and looked after children teams could be lost as the authority looks to make £20m of savings in the next financial year.

A council spokesperson said: “As part of the outline budget proposals for the forthcoming financial year there is ongoing consultation on proposed staffing changes in the social work teams.

“North Tyneside has invested heavily in early help and preventative social care services over recent years and it will continue to protect and invest in frontline services going forward.

“We anticipate the proposed reconfigured children services workforce will ensure continued support for vulnerable families.”