Eighty jobs at risk as college cuts spending

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Nearly 80 jobs look set to be axed at a Yorkshire college as a result of spending cuts.

The Hull College Group, which has colleges in Hull, Harrogate and Goole, has had a cut of £3.2m in funding in the past two years, has started a consultation with staff, which will end in January, with up to 79 expected to go.

The redundancies will be spread across all sites and include 30 academics, In total the college employs around 1,950 staff.

Staff have been offered voluntary redundancy, but the college says it can’t rule out compulsory redundancies.

Lee Probert, Hull College group director for organisational development, said they hoped they could achieve the cuts by voluntary redundancies.

He said: “The college is not unaffected by the Comprehensive Spending Review.

“We have said to our staff that our preference and priority is to find as many alternatives to redundancy as possible and as many volunteers to leave as possible.”

In the last academic year, the college made savings of £1.3m, which led to about 70 redundancies. This year it needs to save £1.7m.

The University and College Union warned that some staff would face “a very difficult, stressful redundancy process.”

In a statement the college said it has no plans to reduce its provision and would “work with partners to minimise the impact of the public funding reductions.”