Leonard Cheshire Disability cuts more than 100 jobs

Posts will go as charity restructures to 'improve efficiency'

More than 100 management and administration staff at Leonard Cheshire Disability will either lose their jobs or be redeployed as part of a review designed to save millions of pounds.

Colin Young, chief operating officer at the charity, which is the largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people, said inefficiencies had "crept in" as the organisation had got larger.

Young said the appointment in November of a new chief executive, Eric Prescott, had provided an "opportune time to review what we do and the way we do it" even though the organisation's income is expected to increase from last year's £149.5m.

"The previous director general was in charge for 10 years and the trustees felt the time was right for a review," said Young.

A 90-day consultation with staff is under way and the responses will be discussed at a board meeting on 8 July. Young admitted some jobs would have to go.

He said redundancies would be confined to the charity's 350 management and administration staff in London and the regions rather than front-line staff. He would not reveal how much money the cuts would save but confirmed the figure was in the millions.

Young said the charity, which employs 6,000 staff, had not been affected significantly by the recession. "But it has reinforced that if there are efficiencies and improvements to make we should make them," he said.

Leonard Cheshire is the second major charity in a month to announce significant job losses. Last month the charity formed by the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern revealed it was shedding 300 posts.

Rachael Maskell, national officer for the community and not-for-profit sector at trade union Unite, said job losses in the sector were coming thick and fast.

"I don't think the Government actually realises what impact the recession is having on the sector," she said. "It has painted a rosy picture of the survival of the sector, but we are seeing redundancy after redundancy. They are coming through in hundreds."

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