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Suffolk mulls job cuts before massive outsourcing

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A county council at the forefront of outsourcing plans to shed nearly 1,500 jobs even before its proposed divestment of services starts.

Figures put to Suffolk CC’s resources and finance performance scrutiny committee show that in 2011-12 the council expects 1,472 posts to go.

This would be before its ‘new strategic direction’ begins, under which Suffolk intends to reposition itself to a ‘commissioning core’ buying services from private and social enterprise.

Graham Dixon, director of resource management, said in a paper for the committee that the losses over the next two years would include 773 posts out of 3,605 in adult and community services and 339 out of 2,655 in children and young people’s services.

The highest percentage reduction would be 115 post lost from 492 in the resource management team.

His report said that while final figures were not yet known “In summary the council is faced with finding savings of between £110m and £125m over the next four years and there is an immediate need to make budget savings of over £40m for 2011-12.”  Suffolk spends some £1.1bn a year at present, £399m of it on schools.

A council meeting last week agreed to press ahead with ‘new strategic direction’.


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