'Significant' job losses expected at Swansea Council
SIGNIFICANT job losses are expected at Swansea Council as part of a major cost-cutting plan.
Council chiefs stressed they would explore "every avenue possible" ahead of making any compulsory redundancies.
The authority needs to save £45 million over the next three years, as previously reported in the Post.
No figure has been put on how many jobs might go, and the Labour administration said it wanted its workforce to shrink via early retirements and voluntary redundancies.
The sheer scale of the cutbacks required means its biggest expenditure — wages — will take a hit.
A report going before cabinet said: "The proportion (40 per cent) of our budget spent on the paybill means that significant further job losses are unavoidable over the next three years."
During 2012/13 there 81 early retirements and voluntary redundancies compared to 102 the previous year.
The net effect was to shave just over £4 million off the wage bill.
A public consultation about the future of the council, called Sustainable Swansea — fit for the future, is currently doing the rounds.
Research on councils in England, which so had to deliver bigger cuts than those in Wales, has shown that substantial savings were initially delivered with relatively little direct impact on services.
But there were now "few easy targets", while the growth in demand for adult social care was set to consume other services without radical restructuring.
Mr Stewart told the Post yesterday: "There are no job reduction targets being set for departments although, in common with all councils across Wales, a further reduction in posts over the next few years is unavoidable.
"The council is committed to exploring every avenue possible ahead of making any compulsory redundancies.
"We are looking to make savings across the board to avoid making redundancies as far as possible."