More cuts expected at Ramblers

London and Wales offices face spending cuts and job losses

Ramblers has warned all of its staff that it will be making reduncancies as part of widespread cost-cutting plans.

The Scottish branch of the walkers charity already faces closure under proposals to save £300,000 a year and cut seven jobs, it emerged earlier this week.

The organisation has revealed that it plans to make further cuts of £200,000 to its office in Wales and additional savings at its London office.

Tom Franklin, chief executive of Ramblers, told Third Sector the charity was considering closing its offices in Scotland and Wales and employing a smaller number of staff who would work from home. He said it was also considering redundancies at its London head office, but declined to reveal how much the savings could be.

The proposals come as part of an overall review of the charity's structure after falls in income from legacies, sponsorship and membership.

Alex Marshall, vice-chair of the executive committee of the Ramblers Welsh Council at the charity's Wales division, said the charity's branches in Scotland and Wales were being hit harder than the London office by the cuts.

He said it was likely that seven of the eight members of staff at the charity's Cardiff office would be made redundant and would have to reapply for only two new positions.

"The organisation is run from London, without a real understanding of the Celtic fringe," he said. The consultation period on the budget cuts is expected to close at the end of June.

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