Staff at tourist attraction – popular with Stokies – face redundancy after National Trust announces it’s facing £200m loss

Staff at a tourist attraction popular wit Stokies are facing redundancy after the national Trust announced it is facing £200m losses.

Employees at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border are currently in consultation about the future of their jobs.

Although it has not been confirmed how many jobs will be axed, a spokesman for the trust expects 1,200 salaried roles will be made redundant across the whole organisation.

The spokesman said: “We’re facing £200m losses as a result of the coronavirus and we’ve had to review every aspect of the charity and as a result we propose to make savings in almost every area of activity.

“As the proposals are subject to a 45-day consultation process, and many will affect people’s jobs and volunteering roles, it would be unfair to comment on specific areas at this stage.

“As they’re part of a consultation, the proposals are also subject to change so it’s too early to talk publicly about them until they’re finalised.

“We’re working with members of staff who are affected, and they now have an opportunity to share their thoughts as part of the consultation process.

“We’re also working with our volunteers to keep them informed of our proposals, and while they are not part of the formal consultation, they have an opportunity to raise questions or concerns about the proposals.”

As part of the plans, redundancy pools have been created and there will be roles for existing staff to apply for, reports BurtonLive.

The spokesman said: “We do not have property-specific numbers. The figures we are making public are organisation-wide and reflect the whole National Trust.

“Our plans have been drawn up by looking across the organisation not at individual areas in isolation.

“Our proposals mean we anticipate 1,200 salaried roles being made redundant across the whole trust.

“As we’re proposing to reduce the number of roles overall, in some areas we’re creating redundancy pools for roles which staff will be able to apply for.

“This means the number of people affected is much higher than the resulting job losses.”

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The news comes just days after it was confirmed that Sudbury Hall would remain closed until next year “at the earliest”.

It has been closed during lockdown and bosses said it was “not viable” to open until 2021.

The Trust – a conservation and heritage charity with 5.6 million members – has proposed £100 million of annual savings following the pandemic.

The trust currently has around 10,000 employees.

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