Crawley Borough Council made 35 staff redundant last year

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A total of 35 staff were made redundant by Crawley Borough Council in 2014/15.

Of these 22 were voluntary and 13 were compulsory.

The figures were revealed as members of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission were given an update on the Transformation Plan from officers on Monday June 8.

Efficiency savings in the last financial year totalled £1.1m.

Bob Lanzer (Con, Pound Hill South & Worth) thought the transformation programme represented an ‘impressive array of activities’, but other councillors questioned why the redundancies had been made.

Ian Irvine (Lab, Broadfield North) said: “I did feel regret about redundancies as everybody who works here has done a good job, and I wondered aside from the positives have we found have any downsides to this programme?”

Peter Browning, deputy chief executive of the council, explained that through redesign of services there were some jobs that ‘did not add value to the customers’, but described any redundancies as ‘unfortunate’.

Lee Harris, chief executive at CBC, said it was important to consult and engage staff around changes and not to prolong any uncertainty.

He added: “It’s about how do we deal with staff in a very sensitive way. Many of those people were ready to go.”

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