1500 Jobs To Go @ Glasgow City Council

10 March 2016, 19:13

Scotland's largest local authority is to axe 1,500 posts after members voted through plans to cut £130 million from its budget over the next two years.

Members of Glasgow City Council passed the spending proposals at a meeting on Thursday.

Leader Frank McAveety said the deal protects frontline services and invests in education and communities while closing the spending gap.

No compulsory redundancies are planned as staff numbers are reduced over the next year, with a saving of #25 million.

The council intends to save a further £10 million on its procurement bill by renegotiating contracts for goods and services.

A cut to culture spending will see support to the Theatre Royal, King's Theatre and Pollok House reduced.

Under the plans, schools, museums, libraries and office buildings will be cleaned less often, and to a lower standard, and removing graffiti will take longer.

Mr McAveety said: "Glasgow has had a double whammy of Holyrood cuts piled on top of those from Westminster.

"When I became leader, the city faced a cuts bill of £103 million. Now it's #130 million. Make no mistake, this is a direct result of the Scottish Government's budget cuts.

"While the Scottish Government budget was cut by 1.5% by Westminster, here in Glasgow our budget faces a 4.4% cut from Holyrood. The result can be figured in tens of millions.''

The council has pledged new capital spending to invest £100 million in communities and schools over the next five years.

Free swimming for the under-16s and a heating dividend of £100 for the elderly will be maintained.