Thursday, 17 February 2011

News - Another 30 jobs to be axed (10 at Museums Sheffield)

THIRTY more jobs are set to be axed as the impact of Sheffield Council’s £84 million cuts programme becomes clearer today.
Sheffield International Venues, the body which runs recreational and leisure facilities, is losing £410,000 from its annual council grant and has announced 20 staff are to go.
Meanwhile, Museums Sheffield is set to shed at least 10 staff.
SIV’s announcement comes despite the Trust taking on four more centres from the council - Heeley pool, Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre and Stocksbridge and Springs leisure centres. The Trust is also proposing closure of Woodbourn Road Athletics Stadium in Attercliffe.
Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues, said: “Unfortunately, we will have to lose around 20 jobs. We are currently liaising with staff and will know precise numbers once the consultation period ends in March.
“Our efficiencies are in line with the council’s budget strategy and will have little impact on our customers.
“However, the transfer of the four council venues to our portfolio offers SIV the chance to able to deliver more benefits to the people of Sheffield.”
Museums Sheffield, which has 121 staff working at Bishop’s House, Graves Gallery, the Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum, estimates the number of jobs to be lost is set to be “in double figures but not dozens”.

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