RSPCA to cut 269 jobs


The jobs are set to go at sites in the south of England as the charity faces up to a £47m financial black hole 

12th August 2020 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

A national animal charity is set to make job cuts in light of Covid-19.

The RSPCA has confirmed it will make 269 redundancies as a result of the financial impact the pandemic has had.

The animal welfare charity, which employs more than 1,600 people, said in June it proposed making up to 300 people redundant amid concerns it would record losses of up to £47m over the next three years.

The charity has now confirmed the roles affected will be in the south of England. The RSPCA said that after a consultation with staff and the union Unite, it would be making 269 redundancies and closing services at Putney Animal Hospital and Southall Clinic in London, and two Surrey rehoming centres, RSPCA Lockwood and South Godstone. It will also stop delivering its Southall Cattery service.

RSPCA chief executive Chris Sherwood said: "We know this has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone and I'm grateful for all those who took part in the consultation process - staff, volunteers and the union.

"We've seriously considered every single proposal submitted and will be exploring some of the cost savings measures suggested by staff.

"As a result of discussions, we'll be keeping 31 roles which were at risk of redundancy, a majority of which are field staff."

12th August 2020 by Gordon Liddle

I don't really see what this has to do with Scotland, they don't operate here, the SSPCA does. Not the same organisation.