More than 25 per cent of St Albans council jobs axed

PUBLISHED: 06:39 10 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:31 10 December 2012

St Albans City & District Council

St Albans City & District Council

Archant

MORE than one quarter of the district council’s workforce has been shed over a two-year period, new statistics show.

Data released by the GMB Union reveal staff numbers at St Albans district council (SADC) have fallen from 483 to 349 within the last two years.

That is a total reduction of nearly 28 per cent from the first quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2012.

But the council said the figures reflected the large number of vacancies they had two years ago which meant the number of people in filled posts actually totalled 373.

According to data, which they recorded in July this year, they had 387 employees and a total of 12 vacancies.

SADC was forced to reduce its budget by £1.8 million last year and a further £1.7 million this year due to a reduction in government grants.

When the budget cuts were announced SADC predicted it would have to cut its workforce by 25 per cent, which could be done through the removal of vacant posts, non-renewal of short-term contracts, early retirement, voluntary redundancies and some compulsory redundancies.

A spokesman for the council said: “The actions taken by the council included a complete restructure to focus available funding on front line services and council priorities.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Herts Advertiser