Cuts at Council: Details Expected Today

A TIMETABLE of budget cuts and job losses is set to be put in place at Thurrock Council.

Initially, staff and unions were set to be told on friday of the stark reality that jobs must go and savings made.

That decision was delayed, leaving staff with an agonising weekend of uncertainty and despair.

Staff will be pouring into work today, anxious to know of their fate: whether it is redundancy, a pay cut or some other form of “modernisation”.

In a document shown to YourThurrock, Interim Chief Executive, Bob Coomber has detailed that the council will have to reduce its spending by a massive 20%, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

The Council may have to guillotine over £8 million from the budget but that could be doubled if the EU take them to court over the “Procurement Scandal” regarding three schools in the borough.

The Budget Timetable is as follows:

Monday October 26th: Unions and staff to be told of “proposed changes”.

Wednesday October 28: Cabinet Meeting: Corporate Directors will detail cuts proposals and impact on staff.

October 28-November 25: Scrutiny committees will review the proposals

Nov 25th: Further Cabinet Meeting

Dec 9th: Emergency Full Council Meeting

In case you are unaware of the “Procurement scandal” Here is the film YourThurrock made last month.

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