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Trafford Council announces plans to slash budget by £60m

By Claire Rimmer

Trafford Council is planning to cut spending by £60m over the next four years and has earmarked 81 jobs to be axed and the possible closure of an adult care home.

This decision to slash the budget was taken at Monday’s meeting of the council’s executive committee.

Matthew Colledge, leader of the council, described the situation as ‘‘unprecedented’’ and promised to take a ‘‘planned, considered and measured approach in contrast to the slash and burn approaches seen by some councils in the past.”

The 81 jobs, 43 of which are already vacant and 10 of which are occupied by temporary staff, are in adult social care, children and young people’s services and planning. 

Janet Callender, Chief Executive of the council, said: ‘’There may be some compulsory redundancies but that is not where we are starting from.  We are looking to re-skill and redeploy staff as much as we can.’’

50% of all council spending is on staff salaries but Councillor Colledge promised to look at all types of efficiency savings.

This included in-house ‘’austerity measures’’ such as savings on printing, travel expenses and office furniture and the possible sale of assets such as pieces of council-owned land.

Anne Higgins, director of communities and wellbeing, said Brookside care home in Broadheath could close and its eight permanent residents may be moved to Ascott House in Sale.

She said: ‘’There are fewer admissions each year and 50 vacancies each week, even after the closure of two other homes.  We have brought forward the review of Brookside and are consulting with residents.’’

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