A quarter of staff will go in restructure over the next year, confirms Torridge District Council leader.

TORRIDGE District Council will have to reduce its staff by around 25 per cent over the next year, the council leader has confirmed.

At the last community and resources committee meeting on May 27, councillors discussed a timetable for the ‘corporate and wider management restructure’.

The discussion was held behind closed doors in ‘part two’ of the meeting, but speaking afterwards Cllr Philip Collins confirmed councillors were looking at a restructure and voluntary redundancies ‘at all levels’.

He said: “Torridge District Council, like all other local authorities, is being squeezed into non-existence by central government as they reduce our grant levels to what will be unmanageable levels.

“We are tasked with finding another £2.2million savings over the next two years, that’s on top of the £2million we have already made.

“Although we have made significant reductions in senior management costs since 2007, we are currently looking at a management re-structure and voluntary redundancies throughout all levels in the council.

“Our priority is and always will be providing services for our local residents, but the way in which we deliver them will have to change over the next few years as funding decreases even more.”

Cllr Collins said it was ‘inevitable’ that staff numbers would be reduced and the council would have to ‘turn to technology to make the necessary savings without impacting on service delivery’.

He added: “Beyond 2016 will be a very uncertain time for all district councils, but staff and councillors at Torridge will do their utmost to ensure quality services continue to be provided.”