Bucks County Council will cut more frontline services and axe more jobs in the latest round of spending cuts.
Buckinghamshire County Council will cut more frontline services and axe more jobs in the latest round of spending cuts.
Unison has criticised plans to freeze council tax for a third consecutive year, with council leader Martin Tett (pictured) deciding to cut services and council jobs instead.
Mr Tett told the Examiner this week: “We think at times like this when everyone is suffering, council tax is one of the taxes everyone resents paying.
“As a local government we’re tightening our own belt to keep council tax down for residents. That also means cutting services but as we’ve demonstrated we can still deliver good quality services for residents.
“Leadership is about making painful decisions and looking at priorities.”
Mr Tett aded: “We’re looking at all departments and if we can cut back layers of management.
“We need to be more efficient and the processes we use are sometimes double or triple handed.
“We have reduced staff, that’s part of becoming more efficient. We’re always looking at how we can deliver the same services but for less.”
Unison branch secretary for Bucks County Council Penny Gray said morale was low at County Hall.
She said: “It’s shocking after the huge number of redundancies over the years. To make more severe cuts really is a shock.
“Job cuts will greatly affect front line services, and we’re already seeing that. We have less staff who are having to work more to cover the lost staff.”
She added: “Morale is pretty low. They’ve just had a restructure and not long after there’s another one.
“With all the things happening to Bucks staff they’re taking an awful lot on their shoulders.”
Bucks County Council is aiming to make £63million worth of savings over a three year period.
When setting the 2011/12 budget £26million of revenue reductions were made, with a lot of these savings related to remodelling the way services were provided.
The council is now looking to save a further £15million in 2013/14 on top of the £22million of savings being made in 2012/13.
n For an in depth look at the spending cuts and what it means for staff and taxpayers, turn to pages 22 and 23 for a special report.