Five hundred people working in Liverpool’s voluntary sector could lose their jobs over the next two years, according to the city’s council leader.
Liverpool City Council is set to axe an estimated 1,500 jobs as it seeks to find savings of £141m over the next two years. Joe Anderson, leader of the Labour-run administration, has said the city’s voluntary sector could shed between 300 and 500 jobs over the same period as a result.
Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services said it was already consulting staff about redundancies. The organisation is facing a shortfall of more than £800,000 from existing contracts and grants in 2011/12 compared with the current financial year.
LCVS chief executive Alan Lewis said the organisation expected to lose nearly two-thirds of its workforce – about 40 of the 62 people it employs. The consultation closes on 4 February.
Lewis said the city was more resilient than in previous years. But he warned: "The old notion that when the world economy gets a cold, Liverpool’s economy gets pneumonia looks set to repeat. I hope not. I’m hoping it’s only going to be a heavy cold."