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REVIEW COUNTIES SLASH TOP STAFF

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Counties handing over services to unitary councils next spring are slashing more than 40% of their senior jobs, an ...
Counties handing over services to unitary councils next spring are slashing more than 40% of their senior jobs, an LGC survey has revealed.

The nine reorganising counties employed around 230 chief officers and deputy chief officers until this year. By 1997, when the unitary councils take over, they expect to have 130 senior staff.

The counties have been cutting top teams in anticipation of losing on average a third of their staff and budgets to unitary councils. Most are planning budget cuts in addition to what they will lose to unitaries. Budget cut predictions range from 3% to 10%.

Many have already made staff voluntarily redundant and cut or frozen posts. Between them these counties employ the equivalent of more than 150,000 full-time staff.
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