The Council's bite size budget guide claims that we have made large savings in the last Council by, amongst other things, reducing our workforce from 22,000 to 14,000. We did make big savings - £170million.
The reduction in staffing sounds like a truly impressive statistic if we were doing the same with 2/3 of the staff. But it is highly misleading.
In fact 4000 (18 per cent) of the reduction relates to the transfer of teaching staff to academies. The schools make that decision and their pay is not part of our net budget.
We transferred almost 3000 staff to companies generally wholly owned by the Council- so no staff saving there.
Overall redundancies to achieve efficiencies were about 1000 out of a total of 10700 (22000 less the schools staff)- so more like 10% than the 33% quoted in the guide.