Up to 30 staff could go at Mencap

Chief executive Mark Goldring says charity's plans to save £1.5m have come about because of the loss of local authority funding

Mark Goldring
Mark Goldring

Learning disability charity Mencap plans to make up to 30 staff redundant, including some senior managers, as part of a bid to save £1.5m in 2012/13.

The charity has warned about 50 staff among its 6,000-strong workforce that their posts are at risk and expects to make about 30 of these redundant.

A Mencap spokeswoman said the charity’s restructure proposals, which were issued last month, included reducing the number of senior managers in its campaigns and policy and communications teams and "integrating the work of the two teams" under one assistant director.

She said she was unable to say how many senior managers would be made redundant because a consultation on the restructure proposals had not yet closed. Final decisions would be made in the next few weeks, she said.

The risk-of-redundancy notices have been issued to staff in the charity’s campaigns and policy, communications and fundraising teams as well as to regional campaigns officers and regional partnership officers. Mencap is also planning to make savings in non-staff budgets, such as travel and stationery costs.

Mark Goldring, chief executive of Mencap, said in a statement that the charity had lost funding from local authority contracts.

"We have been unable to grow our fundraising income from charitable sources fast enough to meet this shortfall," he said. "In order to continue our important work, we have reviewed our structure to reduce costs and best prepare the charity for the future."  

Accounts filed with the Charity Commission show that Mencap had an income of £193.5m in 2010/11 and spent £196m in that year.

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