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More jobs to go at Fenland District Council

Fenland Hall March.

Fenland Hall March.

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Forty-five further jobs are to go at Fenland District Council on top of the 81 posts already lost.

Council Leader Alan Melton said he expected the new cuts would save the council up to £1m a year.

He said: “We, like the rest of the public sector, are not immune from the current economic situation and we have to instigate a painful re-adjustment, but our customers would not expect anything less”.

Mr Melton said today’s announcement was part of an ongoing “efficiency review” which is set to make overall savings of around £5m in the next four years. In a letter to councillors, he says it is important to remember that the council has always regarded staff as its number one asset.

“With this in mind, we are approaching this task with the utmost sensitivity,” he said.

“Some of the personnel involved you will know. Please resist from discussing the forthcoming review with members of staff.”

Mr Melton said all areas of their non statutory functions were being looked at to ensure the essential front line services were maintained.

“From my own point of view, this is not a happy time,” said Mr Melton. “I have known many of the staff involved for a number of years, but my over-riding priority is the financial viability of Fenland District Council in view of the current financial climate.”

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