Clic Sargent cuts 20 jobs

Children's charity has sufficient unrestricted reserves to sustain it for three months

Children's cancer charity Clic Sargent has made 20 posts redundant as part of measures to combat the recession.

In March, the charity's 380 staff were warned that non-essential jobs would have to be cut amid concerns over falling income and dwindling reserves (10 March, page 3).

Sarah Talbot-Williams, interim chief executive at the charity, said four of the people whose jobs had disappeared had been redeployed in other vacant posts.

She said other staff had taken voluntary redundancy or temporary unpaid leave.

She said the measures were "cautious and responsible": "We are anticipating less income than in previous years and have had to reduce our expenditure.

"Charities that are not actively managing their financial situation are doing so at their peril."

She said Clic Sargent's unrestricted reserves would sustain it for about three months, but hoped to grow them further. A permanent chief executive would be recruited by the end of June but might not be able to start until later, said Talbot-Williams.

Clic Sargent's previous boss, Carole Easton, left the charity in April to pursue other interests.

- See Editorial, page 11.

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