200 jobs to go as Dundee City Council announces £11 million of cuts over next two years

Dundee City Council has announced £11.649 million of savings that will be made over the next two years.

That will bring to £25 million the savings made by 2017/18.

Finance spokesman Willie Sawers said 200 jobs would also go but guaranteed that there would be no compulsory redundancies.

Cuts will be made to garden maintenance, domestic waste recycling, roads and street lighting, children and family services.

There will also be efficiencies within energy costs, procurement and service redesigns.

Mr Sawers said: “This is the seventh budget the SNP administration has overseen and it has been the most challenging we have faced, during a time when there is the biggest demand for public services.

“We have worked very hard to ensure that the public will see relatively minor changes.

“We will lose the 200 full time equivalent jobs.

” I am absolutely confident that we will meet these numbers on a voluntary basis.

“There will be no compulsory redundancies.”

Mr Sawers said the council tax freeze would remain, benefitting people across the city.

He said the Living Wage would be afforded to more than 1,000 low paid health workers.

Mr Sawers also outlined an increased clothing grant for primary and secondary pupils.

New homes meanwhile mean that the city will bring in more money through Council Tax than initially expected.

The majority of savings will be made behind the scenes, through departmental efficiencies and through the disposal of buildings that do not directly serve the public.

Mr Sawers added: “I think the main reassurance I can give to the public is that there will be a minimal impact upon front line services and most people will not notice the difference.

“To our staff I would offer the reassurance that there will be no compulsory redundancies.”

Mr Sawers said the council had delivered a balanced and sensible budget for the city.

It will now go before a meeting of the full council on February 25.

See Friday’s Courier for more on this story.