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Birmingham Council’s chief executive Stephen Hughes has pledged to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum in an email sent to staff – and leaked to The Stirrer. It follows news that up to 2,000 jobs could disappear in the next financial year.

Here’s Hughes email in full:


I’m sure you’ll have seen last week’s media attention on Birmingham City Council and the news that we are planning to reduce the council workforce.

I know this is a worrying time for all of you, but I hope that my previous communications by email and in Inner Voice meant that you were not too surprised by the media coverage.

We have had to set a council budget to keep the council tax low and protect services to the one million people in our city, especially the most vulnerable. This means we have to make efficiency savings in what is a very difficult public sector spending environment.

The budget report says we estimate the number of funded posts needs to reduce by between 1500 and 2000 next year.

We hope that we can reduce the number of staff without having to make wide scale compulsory redundancies. Please be assured that we are exploring the options of reducing staff numbers through natural wastage, early retirement, voluntary redundancy and reduced working hours to minimise the number of redundancies.

This year, we have already reduced headcount by almost 1000 with minimal compulsory redundancies using these methods, and have reduced agency staff numbers by 450.

You may also have heard that there is a pay freeze for council workers. This is not in the hands of the City Council, but managed at a national level.

For more information about this, please follow this link:

I have posted a blog where I go into more detail about this year’s council budget. If you want to see what I have said, please visit:

Stephen Hughes
Chief Executive


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