HUNDREDS of council jobs will go as budget cuts hit in Calderdale.
The council’s cabinet has drawn up a spending plan for the next three years.
The Examiner understands that 200 of the 5,900 jobs at the authority will go as politicians struggle to cut £65m between 2011/12 and 2013/14.
Many more posts will remain unfilled.
It’s a smaller cut than Kirklees Council which is half-way through a job cuts programme which will see the non-school workforce drop from 11,200 to 9,500.
Calderdale Cabinet agreed to the draft spending plan at a meeting on Monday.
Council leader Clr Janet Battye said: “We know we are facing hard and challenging times, we have to plan to make savings of £65m in total over the next three years.”
Clr Battye said the council would cut costs by:
Cutting the number of managers
Streamlining services and working more closely with other councils
Investigating which services can be shared between the council and other public bodies.
Clr Battye said the Lib Dem/Labour Cabinet had consulted residents before drawing up the plan to cope with public spending cuts announced by the Government last month.
She said: “We conducted a public consultation exercise to get local people’s views about what’s important to them – and we were pleased to get responses from 3,000 people.
“We also ran cross-party budget review groups examining in considerable detail how the council spends its money.”
The council’s deputy leader Clr Tim Swift said Calderdale would launch a second consultation on its spending plan.
He said: “We want to make sure we find out the views of local people on these proposals so we are holding meetings with staff, the public and interest groups such as businesses, parish councils and community groups.”
The Cabinet’s budget plan is available on the Calderdale website at www.calderdale.gov.uk.
Consultation on the budget proposals will run for four weeks, ending on Monday, February 14.
Anyone wishing to comment can complete the feedback form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Clr Janet Battye, Leader, Calderdale Council, Town Hall, Halifax, HX1 1UJ.
Interested residents can also attend public meetings at St Paul’s Church in Sowerby Bridge at 2pm on Monday, January 24 and at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax on Tuesday, January 25 at 6pm.
Calderdale’s spending plan will be finalised at the annual budget meeting at Halifax Town Hall on Monday, February 28.