County council job cuts pose ‘grave threat’ to Worksop economy - says opposition leader

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NOTTS County Council’s opposition leader Coun Alan Rhodes has criticised the number of job cuts the authority has made in the last three years - saying they pose ‘a grave danger’ for Worksop’s economy.

The council says it has delivered on a promise to ‘streamline systems and bureaucracy’ - cutting its total workforce by 2,492 posts between August 2009-2012.

Coun Rhodes said such significant job cuts would take up to £30m out of the economy and that cutting public sector jobs would have ‘huge’ knock-on consequences to private sector shops and businesses on Worksop’s high street.

But Coun Andy Stewart, chairman of the council’s personnel committee, defended the figures and said the approach has helped ‘hard-pressed’ taxpayers by keeping Council tax frozen for an unprecedented three years in a row.

For the full story, pick up a copy of this week’s Worksop Guardian - now out on Thursday afternoons.