Labour-run council cuts workforce by 7% since 2014, Plaid Cymru reveal

18/06/2018

The full impact of job cuts at Caerphilly council has been revealed with 455 posts axed since 2014, it has been revealed following a request from Plaid Cymru councillor Steve Skivens.

This represents an overall reduction in posts of seven per cent but lifelong learning and leisure has been hit by a 25% cut from 171 to 128. Posts in education dropped from 2,894 to 2,705 – 6.5 per cent down. Overall, the council’s workforce reduced from 6566 in 2014 to 6111 in 2018.

Councillor Steve Skivens, who represents Penyrheol ward, requested the figures from chief executive, Christine Harrhy during a budget meeting which pushed up council tax by 4.52%.

Councillor Skivens said: “The figures spell out starkly the impact of Labour council cuts on departments across the local authority.

“They indicate that 455 posts have been lost, including 189 in education and a massive  25% cut in the lifelong learning and leisure department.

“These figures show that the Labour administration’s continuous mantra of minimal job losses is not the reality. In fact, council tax is rising well above inflation while a poorer service is being offered to the tax-paying public.

“Plaid Cymru understands the impact of austerity but I don’t believe that councillors and the general public have been told the whole truth on job losses. In various council papers we see a comment about jobs merging and not being filled on retirement. But not on the scale now revealed.

“Additionally, there are issues around vacant job posts held unfilled, temporary promotions putting people out of their normal roles and long-term suspensions which again reduce the operational numbers of staff.”

He added: “I am surprised that the trade unions and representative bodies have not spoken out more strongly about the declared loss of some 455 plus jobs.  There is also the impact on the remaining staff as they struggle under  pressure  to provide a service to the public with fewer people.

“Plaid Cymru doesn’t want to see job losses and service cuts by stealth, so I urge the Labour council to be more open and transparent and spell out the truth to the public.”