Jobs to go at county council
MORE than 100 jobs are to be axed by Suffolk County Council as Endeavour House bosses struggle to cope with a multi-million pound cash shortfall.Adult care and community services are to bear the brunt of cuts as Suffolk County Council faces a £24 million gap in funding during the 2006/7 financial year.
MORE than 100 jobs are to be axed by as Endeavour House bosses struggle to cope with a multi-million pound cash shortfall.
Adult care and community services are to bear the brunt of cuts as Suffolk County Council faces a £24 million gap in funding during the 2006/7 financial year.
Council leader Jeremy Pembroke today described the government's grant settlement as “devastating” and warned services were bound to suffer.
Roads will be left unrepaired and elderly people and those with disabilities will have to pay more for day care.
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And the county fire service headquarters in Colchester Road will be closed - although the fire station next door will remain open for the next few years.
Fire service adminstrators will move into Endeavour House.
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Some unprofitable bus routes in rural areas will be axed.
The council is prepared for a storm of protest over some of the cuts - it plans to spend £850,000 less after modernising day care provision for adult care.
And officials warn: “Unless less costly alternatives are found many older people will be without day services.
“The change of approach will need much commitment and excellent PR.”
It also warns that the crisis facing the health service in Suffolk could also have a serious impact on these services.
Mr Pembroke said: “Make no mistake, this is a devastating settlement for Suffolk.”
Overall the county is having to make cuts of about eight per cent across the board - except for the schools budget which is now ring-fenced by central government.
In adult care and community services, the largest single department to be affected by the cuts, the reduction will be in the region of ten pc.