Edinburgh Council to further consider compulsory redundancies

City of Edinburgh CouncilThe City of Edinburgh Council has asked for further discussions about the issue of compulsory redundancies as it attempts to address a £126 million budget shortfall over the next four years.

The local authority had earlier suggested that as many as 2,000 jobs could be lost but councillors have asked for a report to go to another meeting at the end of next month.

The decision was taken at last week’s finance and resources committee meeting as part of a range of proposals which aim to provide a framework to tackle the budget shortfall.

Councillors have also has rejected plans to outsource its Facilities Management service and have instead asked for new proposals to be developed for delivering the services in-house with specialised support.

The four-year budget framework that was agreed will now form the basis of the council’s annual public engagement exercise.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, finance convener, said: “This is the start of a long process. There were some important decisions made today and we have agreed the framework for achieving the savings needed over the next four years.

“With greater demand for our services and our overall budget remaining the same we need to take action to ensure we safeguard frontline services for the people of Edinburgh.

“We are very clear about the scale of the financial challenge that the council is facing we will work tirelessly to ensure that the services we provide are the ones which people need and want. The decisions taken today are the next step to achieving this.”

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