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Council is facing massive cuts; Views of the North.

IN reply to Slim Palmer's letter entitled Council must cut nearer home (Journal, Nov 28) I'd like to point out the following: The city council is indeed making deep cuts at home to deal with the unfair funding settlement handed down by this Government. We are currently carrying out a review of senior management, which I fully expect will result in a significant reduction in the number of senior managers at the council.

In addition, our incoming chief executive will have a salary of PS10,000 less than their predecessor, as we reduce the gap between the lowest and highest paid on our payroll.

We are slimming down to become a much smaller organisation. Unfortunately, up to 1,300 posts will be shed over the next three years - a reduction of 22% in full-time roles.

Support staff such as administrators will have to be cut by more than 50%, saving over PS17m by 2016.

We have also reduced the amount we spend on councillors' allowances, and will reduce the office bases from 16 to three as more staff move into the Civic Centre.

None of this gives the Cabinet any pleasure, but we have a duty to set a legal budget, which we intend to do. As you can see, at the city council, when we say we are all in it together, we really do mean it.

Coun HAZEL STEPHENSON, cabinet member for customer and corporate services
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 5, 2012
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