More job losses expected at Bexley Council, warns leader

News Shopper: More job losses expected at Bexley Council warns leader More job losses expected at Bexley Council warns leader

More jobs are expected to be lost at Bexley Council as the administration seeks to claw back £40million by 2019.

Bexley’s new cabinet will discuss the financial challenges the council is facing at its first public meeting on Tuesday evening.

The cabinet will considered a report on plans to achieve the savings needed from next April, which included a public engagement exercise over the summer and detailed consultation in the autumn.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: "Although we have saved £61 million over the past eight years, we will need to reduce our spending over the next four years.

"This will mean the loss of more jobs at the council and tough decisions about priorities."

Deputy council leader Gareth Bacon added: "There will be two opportunities for local people to have their say on our budget plans for 2015/16 and beyond.

"During the summer, people will be able to tell us the broad service areas where they feel spending should be reduced or protected. During the autumn, we will consult on more specific proposals."

The first consultation will start on Monday, July 21 and run until Friday, September 12.

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4:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

MsChevious says...

But I'm assuming we still need the same number of councillors and their allowances won't change, right?
But I'm assuming we still need the same number of councillors and their allowances won't change, right? MsChevious
  • Score: 14

5:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

The fat lady is singing again.
The fat lady is singing again. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 10

6:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

The report itself says 300 FTE will go. That's a lot as 2 staff on 18 hours is 1 FTE. Bexley staff should see their union unless they are peter ellershaw as he is going by November as his area is merged with another. Also many of the experienced and valuable staff over 55 will probably have a chance of an enhanced pension. And for the many poor staff on the minimum wage the threat of redundancy. They said in 2010 that they were not looking for anyone to be sacked. Ha ha. And for residents the council tax will remain the same despite £40m of cuts. But they don't call it that.
The report itself says 300 FTE will go. That's a lot as 2 staff on 18 hours is 1 FTE. Bexley staff should see their union unless they are peter ellershaw as he is going by November as his area is merged with another. Also many of the experienced and valuable staff over 55 will probably have a chance of an enhanced pension. And for the many poor staff on the minimum wage the threat of redundancy. They said in 2010 that they were not looking for anyone to be sacked. Ha ha. And for residents the council tax will remain the same despite £40m of cuts. But they don't call it that. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 12

6:24pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Yes no Members were hurt in all this. Wait til the next election.... So Bexley workers wake up and see your friends go. 300 at least. And a strike is planned for Thursday.
Yes no Members were hurt in all this. Wait til the next election.... So Bexley workers wake up and see your friends go. 300 at least. And a strike is planned for Thursday. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 10

9:19pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bestbaz says...

I hope my local councillor goes, he is IMHO a total waste of tax payers money, at least I never voted him in
I hope my local councillor goes, he is IMHO a total waste of tax payers money, at least I never voted him in Bestbaz
  • Score: 0

8:45am Thu 10 Jul 14

derekhope says...

Please spare us the farce of yet more "Public Consultations" which take time and cost money. Keep the people who do the work and axe the non productive "Figurehead" roles.
Please spare us the farce of yet more "Public Consultations" which take time and cost money. Keep the people who do the work and axe the non productive "Figurehead" roles. derekhope
  • Score: 6

10:57am Thu 10 Jul 14

B L Zeebub says...

Still THREE useless "councillors" per ward - Just WHAT do they do ?. Jobs for the boys and money for old rope.
Still THREE useless "councillors" per ward - Just WHAT do they do ?. Jobs for the boys and money for old rope. B L Zeebub
  • Score: 3

11:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

The lot of them are about as much use as t1ts on a boar. They all have their noses in the trough and wild horses cant drag 'em out a there.

Teresa O’Neill don't exactly look underfed now do she boi.
The lot of them are about as much use as t1ts on a boar. They all have their noses in the trough and wild horses cant drag 'em out a there. Teresa O’Neill don't exactly look underfed now do she boi. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -5

12:13pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Boris bighead says...

Typical Tory Borough, the residents of Bexley need to wake up and get shot of the pigs.
Typical Tory Borough, the residents of Bexley need to wake up and get shot of the pigs. Boris bighead
  • Score: -3

3:42pm Thu 10 Jul 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Could have saved a fair bit of cash by not transforming Sidcup high street and the total **** up of Bexleyheath broadway.
Could have saved a fair bit of cash by not transforming Sidcup high street and the total **** up of Bexleyheath broadway. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 11

6:30pm Thu 10 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

Well people voted CONservative!. O'Neill listen to public opinion never!. Once a dictator always a dictator!.

Wait for the recent high court costs to be paid. Yes by the residents of the Bexley Borough.

All those that voted for this mob, wave your hands in the air!. Remember its CONservative!.
Well people voted CONservative!. O'Neill listen to public opinion never!. Once a dictator always a dictator!. Wait for the recent high court costs to be paid. Yes by the residents of the Bexley Borough. All those that voted for this mob, wave your hands in the air!. Remember its CONservative!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: -2
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