2,492 fewer workers at Nottinghamshire County Council since 2009

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A new report shows how Nottinghamshire County Council has reduced its total workforce by 2,492 posts since 2009, delivering on its promise to streamline systems and bureaucracy.

The report, due for consideration at next week’s Personnel Committee on Wednesday, highlights a range of data about the County Council’s workforce between August 2009 and August 2012 including:

an overall 20% reduction in the number of people employed by the County Council from 12,431 to 9,939

eight out of 10 people who left the County Council did so voluntarily as part of the Council’s voluntary redundancy scheme and vacancy controls to keep recruitment to a minimum

581 unfilled, vacant posts were deleted as part of the council’s workforce reduction programme

45% of people seeking redeployment within the council were successful.

The council says that the report reflects the national trend for reductions in public sector employment to help tackle the national budget deficit.

Coun Andy Stewart, chairman of the Personnel Committee says: “We’ve delivered on our promise to make the County Council more efficient to deliver greater value for money for local taxpayers. Our approach has helped out hard pressed local taxpayers by keeping Council tax frozen for an unprecedented three years in a row.

“Our costs have been trimmed by removing layers of management and our ongoing review of the way we provide services and the number of staff that are required.

“I’m reassured that the changes to our workforce are helping us to deliver a more value for money approach to the way we work, whilst still offering help and support to the most vulnerable in our community, illustrated by this year’s significant £36 million reinvestment in services for older people, children and people with learning and mental health needs.”

A copy of the report is available to download at http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/dms/Meetings.aspx