OFFICIALS are cutting Kirklees Council’s budget faster than planned.
New figures show that £13.9m of efficiency savings will be made in 2011/12 – £500,000 above the target.
Kirklees hopes to cut another £19.7m next year as part of its Innovation and Efficiency Programme (IEP).
One thousand jobs have already gone as part of the cuts plan. The council’s workforce will fall by another 676 in 2012/13, from a full-time equivalent of 13,057 to 12,381.
A further 400 jobs are due to go between 2013 and 2015.
Councillors will be updated on the IEP at a meeting of the Kirklees Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Resources at Huddersfield Town Hall from 10am tomorrow.
A report to the panel explains that the number of admin staff will drop from a full-time equivalent of 750 in January 2010 to 540.
“The impact of this is that workloads have been and continue to be reviewed, though this is not without difficulty,” according to the report.
“There is still much more to be done to accommodate the reduction in staffing levels.”
The council’s review of its computer systems has been completed, without any compulsory redundancies.