East Lindsey District Council has shed almost half its workforce during the last
six years, it has been revealed.
In 2008, ELDC employed almost 800 members of staff but that figure has reduced to 433 this year - with 30 of those positions funded by external grants.
The figures were revealed by ELDC’s chief executive Stuart Davy at the recent Coningsby Annual Parish Meeting.
He said when he first joined ELDC in 2008, there were nearly 800 members of staff.
That figure was cut to 685 by 2010 - and to 433 in 2014.
Mr Davy said the reductions were largely down to significant cuts in funding from central Government.
Mr Davy revealed ELDC had been forced to reduce its budget by between £2 million and £3 million for several years - while maintaining frontline services.
He said the current annual budget was around £19 million but warned a reduction of £2 million were needed in 2014 and 2015 - with an even bigger cut in line for 2016.
Mr Davy went on to outline how ELDC was forging closer working links with neighbouring authorities in a bid to save money.
He also said the number of councillors would be cut in time for the 2015 election.
The current figure of 60 will be reduced to 55.
Mr Davy also spoke about changes to green waste collections and plans to set up ‘trusts’ to run some of the council’s leisure facilities.
He revealed some of the targets the council had over the next five years with regard to economic generation and housing but warned the period from 2015-2019 promised to be ‘even more challenging.’
Mr Davy was also asked about money ELDC had ‘lost’ in the controversial Icelandic Bank collapse.
He revealed the council still had £300,000 in an Icelandic Bank but the money was accruing interest and would be returned to the authority.