Stoke-on-Trent City Council to axe 200 jobs and slash £60million in services

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More than 200 jobs are to be axed and £61 million cuts made to services amid budget plans unveiled by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

And thousands of families are facing a three per cent hike in Council Tax from April 2017.

But council chiefs say money raised will be ploughed into providing more care services for the elderly and children in care.

The £61 million cuts will be saved over the next three years, with around £20 million expected to be cut in 2017-18.

Among the 202 jobs to be axed are four senior management posts, which will save £213,000 a year.

Other job cuts will include 69 vacant posts not being filled.

The council says an increase in Council Tax by three per cent will help support social care services for vulnerable.

Many residents, mainly in Band A properties, will pay an additional 46p per week increase – a total of £24 a year.

Two per cent of the increase is to support care services for the elderly and people with disabilities so they can live as independently as possible in their own homes.

And to reduce demand of NHS services, the city council is proposing an in-house care service to support elderly residents in their own home, resulting in 230 new domiciliary jobs.

The remaining one per cent of Council Tax increase will pay for the increasing number of children who require care.

A new Care Leavers’ Strategy is to be introduced to help more young people secure housing and build better education and employment.

Cllr Abi Brown, deputy leader of the Stoke-on-Trent City Council,  said: “We have spent a huge amount of time developing a really clear financial plan, providing certainty and stability for the next three years as to how we will raise the rest of the money we need.

“I am hopeful that residents will support it, as it is great value.”

City Council director David Sidaway says job cuts will primarily be in cooperative working in social care, which will save £2 million.

He said: “The rationale and principles of this job sector needs amending to reflect business needs and to reduce the number of children in care, however the focus is (sic) sound.”

There will be a consultation period running until January 24 for formal decisions, committees and public meetings to take place.

For more information on the budget proposals, visit: www.stoke.gov.uk/budget2017

 

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