FENLAND: Council pledges to not make jobs cuts

PUBLISHED: 12:04 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

UNLIKE the neighbouring Peterborough City Council, which has announced 400 job cuts, Fenland District Council does not expect any significant job losses in 2009. The Credit crunch has hit the city council s finances by £4.1 million. To keep the council ta

UNLIKE the neighbouring Peterborough City Council, which has announced 400 job cuts, Fenland District Council does not expect any significant job losses in 2009.

The Credit crunch has hit the city council's finances by £4.1 million.

To keep the council tax rise down to 2.5 per cent, Peterborough City Council, which employs approximately 6,000 staff, has lost 180 posts in 2008 and plans to lose 220 by the end of 2009.

This includes cutting jobs that had been planned to be created in the year and losing agency staff and consultants.

Fenland District Council currently employs 716 people and a council spokesman confirmed that this figure is unlikely to change significantly this year.

A draft medium term financial strategy and general fund budget report, drawn up by the council's executive director of finance Mat Taylor and chief accountant Mark Saunders, to be finalised next month, states: "Part of the council's rise to 'Excellent' status over the past few years has been down to planning prudently and carefully over the medium term.

"This ensures that the council has the highest possible reserves, both revenue and capital, to cope with the inevitable downturn."

The report states that the recommended strategy for the future is to budget for lower levels of income in the medium term and prepare to bounce back bounce back quickly when the economy improves.

The council, which has pledged to keep this year's council tax rise down to 3.9 per cent, claims that it will be at the forefront of efforts to mitigate the inevitable impact the economic downturn will have on Fenland's residents and businesses.

A council spokesman said: "The fact that Fenland District Council has pledged to keep its council tax rise for this year down to 3.9 per cent and still maintain its staffing levels and service in this current economic climate is testament to its prudence and sound financial management."

Tell us what you think?

Has Fenland Council pursued the right policy, is their a policy of no job cuts the right one?

Email your thoughts to John.elworthy@archant.co.uk


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