Hundreds more jobs to go at Sheffield City Council
10 October 2012
Sheffield City Council has announced that hundreds and hundreds of jobs might have to be shed in the next 12 months to save £50m.
The Labour-run council, which has removed 1,300 employees in the last two years, has admitted that the cuts will undoubtedly affect public service delivery – but it is the coalition government's fault.
Chief executive John Mothersole said: "This time next year we will be cutting into the bone of services in this city. It's not a political statement, it's a logical one. These are probably the toughest time the city has faced since 1945. The city can come through it but it will be painful and it will be different."
Council leader Julie Dore pointed the finger at the government which she said had mishandled council grants.
"I'm extremely angry at a government that do [sic] not have a clue about the lives of the decent working people in Sheffield," she said. "This is not the way to run financial services in this country. Now we're into the realms of serious changes to services and job cuts."