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Shelter to axe jobs after being hit by downturn

May 23 2009
Cuts will not affect the charity‘s work with rough sleepers, charity chief says Shelter is to cut 43 jobs under pressure from the economic downturn afflicting the UK. The charity is just one of many organisations working with rough sleepers which have seen a drop in fundraising income under the global credit crisis. The Shelter cuts represent five per cent of the organisation's total workforce. Chief executive Adam Sampson said the cuts would not affect the way in which the charity worked with rough sleepers, as the cuts were all in the non-service sector. In an official statement, Mr Sampson added: "We deeply regret the loss of any staff and their expertise. We are currently consulting with staff and the union and will look to redeploy staff where we can." However, according to Charity News Alert, staff have known for months that a second wave of restructuring focusing on nonservice staff was to come in the wake of the controversial pay and hours amendments for service staff. Thirty-three staff are to be made redundant before the end of the year, while the remaining 10 posts will be lost by not replacing staff who have already left. Shelter is also said to be investigating the possibility of renting out the top two floors of its London head office.
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