Up to 350 jobs could be cut at council

North Tyneside Council has warned up to 350 jobs will be cut over the next two years as it makes budget cuts of £50m.

The local authority has informed staff that it expects future redundancies and job reductions between now and June 2016 as it restructures services.

Chief executive Patrick Melia said the council’s budget is expected to reduce dramatically in the coming years.

“North Tyneside Council is committed to delivering our ambitious priorities for residents as set out in the ‘Our North Tyneside Plan’,” he said.

“To do that against some tough challenges the organisation needs to change.

“It is expected that the council’s budget will reduce by £46 to £50m over the next three years.

“As part of this process we are required to issue an HR1 notice, which is a formal legal document which confirms the possible reduction in posts/ redundancies expected over a period of time.

“This is normal practice each time we approach restructuring of services across the council.

“The council has a good track record in minimising the number of compulsory redundancies.

“In previous years we have managed to consistently keep redundancies under those noted in the HR1 Notice and the majority of redundancies have been voluntary.

“We will once again put our efforts into working with trade unions on any measures which will mitigate or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies necessary.”

However, unions have criticised the move.

Unison said workers were paying the price for the decision to out-source 800 staff to Balfour Beatty – now Cofely – and Capita Symonds in 2012, which had not made the savings expected.

The out-sourcing deal was made for ten years.