Monday, 31 January 2011

North Somerset Council Executive to approve £17.5 million of cuts

At 2 pm on 1st February North Somerset Council's Executive will meet to approve £17.5 million of cuts for 2011/12. The cuts involve the loss of at least 135 jobs and include cuts to services for some of the most vulnerable people in North Somerset, including children and young people, people with physical and learning disabilities, older people, people with mental health issues, refugees, people fleeing domestic abuse and homeless people.

Despite numerous requests from North Somerset UNISON the council have failed to complete equality impact assessments on their budget proposals before the Executive meet tomorrow - these won't be ready until the council votes on the budget on 22nd February. In our view this is too late.

North Somerset UNISON's Branch Secretary will be speaking at the Executive meeting tomorrow - the full version of the speech will be posted on this blog tomorrow evening.

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