Stroke Association to axe 28 jobs

The association's chief executive Jon Barrick says it faced a budget deficit of £1.5m

Jon Barrick
Jon Barrick

The Stroke Association is expecting to make 28 members of staff redundant following a decline in voluntary income, it announced today (17 January).

The organisation, which funds research into stroke prevention and treatment, and provides support to stroke patients and their families, has opened a one-month consultation with staff, but a spokesman said it expected to make compulsory redundancies at the end of that period.

Chief executive Jon Barrick said in a statement that the charity, which employs 800 staff, faced a budget deficit of £1.5m in the current financial year.

It had previously enjoyed a long period of continuous growth, with income rising from £20m in 2006/07 to £32.1m in 2010/11, which had enabled it to expand into Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"As a charity dependent on voluntary donations, the current economic climate has led to a downward turn in our fundraising and our first priority is to continue our vital support for stroke survivors," said Barrick.

"To do this, we have had to make some tough strategic decisions and although we have sought to protect jobs, we now face the situation of having to make a small number of redundancies to help us achieve savings. This does not affect our commitment to the management and delivery of our contracted services."

The spokesman said legacy incomes had been particularly badly affected.

He added that job losses were likely to be shared across departments and locations.

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