Sheffield Council Budget: £1m cut in managers

Coun Bryan Lodge: Sheffield Council faces more cuts for years to come.

Coun Bryan Lodge: Sheffield Council faces more cuts for years to come.

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COUNCILLORS voted through a plan to cut the cost of spending on senior managers by £1 million over the next year.

The council is already prepared to lose 550 workers this year, on top of 870 last year - and the Labour administration says cutting senior positions will help save front-line services.

Already in the last year 11 managers earning more than £50,000 have gone at the town hall.

Coun Bryan Lodge said: “Last year, £80 million was cut from the council’s budget and we have had to meet a £55 million budget gap this year as well.

“We know Sheffield Council faces more cuts for years to come.

“By streamlining the council’s management to make it as efficient as possible, alongside freezing staff pay for the past two years, we have been able to protect more front line council services, particularly those supporting the most vulnerable, which is what we know local people want to see.”

Liberal Democrat opposition councillors proposed cutting pay for staff earning more than £30,000 - but Labour’s Coun Chris Weldon said the suggestion would be in breach of national trade union agreements.

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