Harrow Council has said it will reduce the number of jobs at the Council by 432 over the next three years – a total of 17% of the workforce.
The council blames cuts to the grant it receives from central Government for the redundancies. Between 2010 and 2014, the council will have reduced its budget by £75m – a 30% reduction and between 2014-16 by a further £30m.
The number of staff cut will be lower, the council has scaled back its recruitment and has been employing agency staff to keep vacancies open so that there are more redeployment opportunities.
The council hopes to use new ways of working and technology to produce efficiencies to avoid a deterioration in service levels.