Charity to make staff redundant

Cats Protection League. Chelwood Gate
Cats Protection League. Chelwood Gate

Cats Protection, based near Haywards Heath, has announced it is to make 80 staff redundant as part of a cost-reduction exercise.

The charity, based in Chelwood Gate, said it was ‘due to the impact of the current unprecedented economic conditions’.

In a statement from the company it said that in the last few years the charity had implemented a series of cost-reduction exercises both in the head office and adoption centres and across the Cats Protection network.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “These cost-saving exercises have realised substantial savings, and our supporters have maintained their giving despite the economic pressures.

However these savings and a modest increase in income have not been sufficient to match the sustained high levels of inflation in the economy.

“With the prospect of only very limited growth in our key income streams in the future, this has left the trustees and directors of the charity with no choice but to consider a programme of redundancies.”

The redundancies will be from across the organisation.

They added: “For that reason it is vital that we restructure our organisation as far as possible to maintain a sustainable operation in the face of these recessionary conditions.

“Our priority must be to do everything we can to sustain the level of work we do to help cats in the UK and to continue managing the organisation effectively.”

It is currently undergoing a 30-day consultation with staff which will end later this month. In this time the charity is seeking suggestions from staff and volunteers on the best way to achieve the necessary on-going cost savings whilst protecting their cat work and minimising redundancies as far as possible.