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Threat Of Job Losses As Councils Look To Save Money


7:27am 27th January 2014
(Updated 12:55pm 27th January 2014)

Departments could be scaled back and some jobs lost under review plans at 2 Dorset Councils.

West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland's shared services partnership is under the spotlight today (Monday 27th January).

The 2 local authorities need to find over £4.1 million worth of savings over the next 3 years.

Councillors are expected to agree on a proposed review later that would start in April

The 2 councils have already managed to save around £3 million through their pioneering joint services partnership scheme.

Councillors have said "big changes and tough decisions" are ahead.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said: "Every council in the country is facing huge cuts in funding. Our two authorities are taking a proactive approach and tackling this in a managed way.

"The proposed service reviews will help ensure the councils are able to provide affordable services which best meet the future needs of local residents and businesses. They are crucial in developing organisations which are fit for 2020 and beyond."

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement Briefholder Mike Goodman said: "Our two councils are dealing with this head on by conducting in-depth reviews of all services - both statutory (those we have to provide by law) and discretionary (those we choose to provide).

"The reviews will mean some big changes and will take account of the views of service users and our key partners. There will be difficult decisions - some services will stop, others will have to be delivered in significantly different ways."

The final review programme will be agreed by the individual councils in February.

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