Question mark over job cuts
COUNCILLORS have backed Government plans to scrap performance reviews - but have asked how many jobs could be axed as a result.
In a bid to save money and cut red tape, councils in England will no longer have to report to ministers annually on their performance in key areas. The last government introduced comprehensive area assessments in an effort to increase accountability and help people compare standards across different local authorities.
Cutting them would save councils time and money, the new Government has said, as well as reducing the burden on bodies such as the Audit Commission and Ofsted which carry out the process.
At a meeting of Peterbor- ough City Council’s sustainable growth committee on Tuesday, Cllr John Peach welcomed the move.
But he asked officers if there would be redundancies now that the extra work no longer needed to be carried out.
He said: “I welcome the news that the reporting regime for local Government as a whole is being relaxed.
“I know it’s not just this but other targets being abolished so local authorities are left to get on with what they want to do.
“It will save money at a time when budgets are under pressure. But how many officers will be made redundant as a result of this?”
The officer said they would report back with this information at the next meeting.