Norfolk

Jobs at risk as Norwich City Council cuts £7.5m

About 100 posts could be at risk at Norwich City Council as part of a £7.5m package of savings needed over the next two years.

The savings are needed to meet a drop in council income due to the recession and expected government cuts.

A report to the council says the new savings are on top of the £10m of savings made over the past two years.

The last round of savings saw the loss of 36 jobs and many other posts were also lost.

The council will also be looking at service provision and whether in some cases charges should be brought in or raised.

The £7.5m of savings will be a "difficult task" - which amounts to about 15% of the budget, the report says.

It adds that services and customers are "likely" to be hit by the cuts

The report, which goes before the council's executive committee meeting on Wednesday, asks councillors to back a timetable for working out how the savings can be made and possible consultation with staff over possible job cuts.

'Extremely difficult'

Alan Waters, executive member for corporate resources, said he was concerned that cuts in government funding for local government would not only damage much-needed services, but also hinder the local recovery.

"We can try as much as possible to maintain services, but frankly that become extremely difficult with the kind of projected cuts by the government," he said.

Mr Waters said the government needed to think more about the "longer-term health of the community".

He said the council would try to avoid any compulsory redundancies.

A Department of Communities and Local Government spokesperson said: "Government is clear that deficit reduction, and continuing to ensure economic recovery, is the most urgent issue facing Britain today.

"It is therefore fair that local authorities make a contribution of £1.166bn to the £6.2bn of cross Government savings in 2010 to 2011.

"This will enable the Government to take immediate action to tackle the UK's unprecedented £156bn deficit inherited from the previous government in order to restore confidence in our economy and support the recovery."

Many of the posts under threat may be vacant at present and other posts may become vacant, so the actual number of job cuts is expected to be less than 100.

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