SSPCA to axe more jobs in bid to save £100k by next year

The Scottish SPCA is bracing itself for further redundancies as it pushes through proposals to resolve its financial crisis and save £100,000 by the end of 2004.

Proposals include slashing its trustee board from 22 to 12 and reviewing its management and administration costs, which could lead to further job losses.

The charity was plunged into a fiscal crisis because of the decline in the stock market, rising rents and council tax, and the discovery that its pension fund was in deficit by almost £1m.

It announced a shortfall of almost £3.2m in March, but has managed to cut around £350,000 in costs throughout 2003.

Chief executive Ian Gardiner, who said in May that he would retire at the end of the year, said the situation was "somewhat brighter" following a wave of donations from supporters and local authorities.

He pledged that the charity's animal welfare work would not be disrupted by the cost-cutting.

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