Search

Camden Council to axe almost 1,000 jobs and cut frontline services in 2015

15:01 21 February 2014

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, atop Camden Town Hall. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, atop Camden Town Hall. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Camden Council will be forced to axe almost 1,000 jobs and drastically reduce frontline services from next year to deal with a £70million budget cut from central government.

Finance chief Cllr Theo Blackwell told the Ham&High the council would have to make a similar number of redundancies to the 975 posts that were lost following the last budget cuts in 2010.

He said the council would “without a doubt” cut frontline services in 2015, adding: “There will be a real discussion with the electorate about public services and how they are run and some quite significant decisions will have to be made and that includes the council doing less.”

Cllr Blackwell was speaking following the publication of the council’s proposed budget for the 2014/2015 financial year this week.

He explained there would be no job losses or service changes in the year ahead as a £10million budget deficit would be met by back-office cuts, including changes to workers’ contracts and the council’s scheduled move to new offices in the summer.

The council is set to save £2.4million annually from its move to new headquarters in Pancras Square, King’s Cross, according to Cllr Blackwell.

Between 2015 and 2018, however, the council will have to deal with a £70million budget cut from government which Cllr Blackwell described as the “equivalent of raising council tax by £311”.

He said the council is eyeing a “20% reduction in middle managers”, explaining: “Quite a lot of people have a feeling that the council maybe slightly overstaffed in certain areas. We have too many managers between the frontline and people setting the strategy.”

The £80million cut in budget funding from central government over the next four years follows an earlier cut of £83million between 2010 and 2014 - which the council has successfully met - meaning Camden will have lost £163million in government funding from 2010 to 2018.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

08:00
Chris Underhill, Allan Rapley, Seyho Kurt, Jane Wiles,Thomas Hentges and Tala Gulamhusein are among several high street traders campaigning to get the camera removed. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Exasperated shopkeepers have branded a council traffic spy camera a waste of taxpayers’ money after it was revealed that it hasn’t been switched on in the seven months since it was installed.

07:30
Organisers were hoping to bring a slip & slide to Hampstead Heath. Picture: Facebook/University Socials

Plans to bring an enormous water slide to Hampstead Heath this summer have received so much support from the public, organisers say they’ve had to abandon the idea.

Yesterday, 20:38
A coroner today ruled Golders Green student Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide in Germany in 2003 after his family's decade-long campaign for justice

A Golders Green student who died in Germany in 2003 after attending a youth conference organised by a far-right wing “cult” did not commit suicide, a coroner ruled today, after his family’s decade-long campaign for justice.

Yesterday, 17:18
Jeremiah Duggan died on a motorway in Wiesbaden, Germany

The coroner in the inquest into the death of Jeremiah Duggan in Germany in 2003 has reached a narrative verdict. Here it is in full.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Cheers!

We’re giving you the chance to win six cases of this fab Bradshaw Chardonnay.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder