North Lanarkshire Council approves £45m cuts consultation

North Lanarkshire CouncilNorth Lanarkshire Council has agreed to carry out a month-long public consultation into how the local authority can make £45 million in savings.

The council revealed last week that more than 1,000 posts could be at risk as it needs to save £68.3m over the next two financial years.

A report presented to the policy and resources committee yesterday, detailed 99 options being considered to make the savings the council needs.

Were all the options implemented a reduction of 1,095 full-time posts would be required from a total workforce of 12,043 full-time posts.

The committee also accepted proposals for more than £22m of savings that had already been identified. The consultation into a further £45m of cuts will begin next month.

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim McCabe, who is also convener of the policy and resources committee, said: “We are committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies and will do everything we can to deal with reductions in staffing through voluntary redundancy, early retirement and redeployment.”

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