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Ending the week on a positive note: cuts round up

Unite demonstration.jpgMuch as I loathe doing this on a Friday afternoon, here is a quick round up of the job cuts and other budget proposal stories of the day:

Unions in Southampton have voted against the council’s proposals to cut pay for all staff earning more than £17,500. Unison and Unite said they would ballot members on industrial action if the council imposed the cuts by dismissing the entire workforce and re-employing them under new terms and conditions.

Meanwhile Northamptonshire Council has approved proposals to cut 900 jobs at as part of a £69m package of budget savings, the BBC reports. Councillors in Oldham have also agreed proposals to cut 800 jobs.

Finally, Moira Gibb, chief executive of Camden Council, told The Guardian today that she was “shocked” by the extent of the cuts having to be made. Around 1,000 jobs are expected to go in Camden and Gibb said no service was sacrosanct, even frontline social work.

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Kirsty McGregor

About Kirsty McGregor

Kirsty McGregor is Community Care's workforce editor. She reports daily on social workers' pay and conditions, education, training, career progression, registration and fitness to practise. This includes issues affecting newly qualified social workers across the UK and the recent development of the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) in England. She is also responsible for producing job hunting and career progression advice.