Ques­tion mark over job cuts

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

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.

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