90 jobs under threat at Hull City Council's children's service
MORE job cuts could be on the way in Hull City Council's children and young people's service.
Last year, about 300 staff from the department took voluntary redundancy, saving the council £10 million in wages.
It was part of a 20 per cent budget reduction at the council's biggest-spending department.
Now, council officials have admitted another 90 posts might have to be axed because of continued budget pressures caused by Government funding cuts.
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The service is being asked to make £7.6 million of savings this year but forecasts suggest it will not meet that target.
Instead, the current financial forecast predicts a £3.1 million budget overspend.
In a new report, the council's head of finance Brendan Arnold says: "Mitigating the impact of this year's budget position and preparing further for 2013-14 may require targeted reorganisation across the directorate which could reduce the current establishment by up to 90 full-time equivalent posts.
"This action is in addition to a number of policy decisions that need to be taken in order to mitigate the existing pressures on the directorate."
The first of those decisions was taken earlier this week when cabinet councillors agreed to scrap discretionary school grants for children from low-income families.
That move is expected to save at least £200,000 a year.
Other reviews currently under way are looking at home-to-school transport costs, the operation of the city's youth service and residential child care services with an emphasis on reducing spending on fostering and residential agency placements outside of Hull.
The work the council does to support poorly-performing schools is also being reviewed in the light of national funding changes.
In his report, Mr Arnold said all departments across the council were being asked to tighten their belts and deliver cost savings.
But he said: "The implications for post reductions fall most immediately in the children and young people's service directorate."
Speaking at this week's cabinet in a debate over the school clothing grant cut, Councillor Steven Bayes said the council's traditional role as a local education authority was waning because more schools were now effectively operating independently by switching to academy status.
"If schools are moving away like this, I don't think it's right for us to be providing uniforms in this way any more.
"It's another consequence of us no longer really being the local education authority."
Mick Whale, Hull secretary of the National Union of teachers, said the council leaders needed to campaign against cuts.
"Last year council trade unions provided the foot soldiers that won Labour office in Hull to stop the cuts.
"They will not sit back and let a Labour council implement cuts. One way or another, there will be a fight against the cuts."