Local Job Worries Taken To Westminster

Local MP Jonathan Edwards has put forward a motion in Westminster raising his concern at potential job losses at Carmarthenshire County Council. At the end of May a council spokesperson confirmed that over 500 jobs may have to go over the next 3 years, whilst the council’s chief executive confirmed that compulsory redundancies could not be ruled out. The Plaid MP has now set forward a motion in parliament calling on all public bodies facing inevitable job cuts to do so on a holistic basis rather than targeting low paid public sector workers.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“I have put forward this motion as I think it is important that the concern that exists within the county is recognised. I also think that it is important that the council take on board the view that everything has to be done, from cutting unnecessary waste to targeting pay packages for high wage earners, before making front line staff redundant.

Naturally I am very keen to ensure that any potential job losses are kept at an absolute minimum. I will be making that view clear to the Labour-Independent council. Hopefully any compulsory redundancies can be avoided.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“I am pleased that Jonathan has taken these concerns to the highest level by submitting a motion on the matter in Westminster. I will also be raising the concerns at the Assembly and will be aiming to ask the Local Government Minister for his views of how council’s can look to avoid front line job losses at a time when budgets have to be reduced.”

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The Motion States:

That this House notes that Carmarthenshire County Council has written to all employees warning that 500 jobs could be lost as a consequence of budget reduction targets over the next few years; further notes that these potential job losses were announced based on the likely financial climate faced by Welsh local authorities based on the projections of the previous UK Government; acknowledges that the additional £187 million of cuts in the Welsh government budget for this year announced by the new UK Government will increase the pressure for Welsh public bodies to reduce their staffing liabilities; and calls on public bodies who now inevitably have to cut jobs and wages to do so on a holistic basis rather than targeting low paid public sector workers.

Council Chief Executive Mark James stated:

“The authority has made it clear that it is likely that some 400 to 500 jobs may have to be shed over the next four years unless we can provide services in a different way or at less cost. The authority’s aim is to avoid compulsory redundancies, though this cannot be ruled out”

In addition to this a council spokesperson told the BBC:

“Over 500 jobs may have to go over the next three years unless we can provide services in a different way or at less cost”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/8694112.stm

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