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March 2011

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As the financial year came to a close, an LGC survey of workforce changes showed that councils were planning to cut their staffing levels by an average 7.3% in 2011-12.

Metropolitan borough councils (9.2%) and London boroughs (7.1%) topped the list for proportion of job reductions by council type.

Regionally, the north-east had the highest proportion of anticipated job losses (9.5%) and the south-west the lowest (6.1%).

Later in March the potential crisis surrounding residential care provider Southern Cross Healthcare was beginning to emerge, as the message from the Department of Health was a quiet but firm “this is a matter for councils to deal with.”

Blackburn with Darwen BC was named Council of the Year in the LGC Awards 2011 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Judges had been impressed by the council’s strong partnership working, innovative health and social care integration, solid urban regeneration, and practical approach to problem solving.

North East Derbyshire DC was named Most Improved Council.

Earlier in the day chancellor George Osborne had delivered his second Budget, in which the creation of 21 enterprise zones was announced.

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