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Barnardos won't repeat 'cash crisis' shutdowns

BARNARDOS will not repeat the one-week closure of services next year, the Herald has learned.

The children's charity, which runs more than 40 offices countrywide, was forced to shut down for a week in August due to an escalating cash crisis.

It followed similar dramatic action in August 2012 when around 400 staff agreed to take a week's unpaid leave.

A spokeswoman said "as things stand" it does not plan to shut down for a third time in 2013 – despite repeated cuts to State funding over the past four years.


The decision to suspend services for a week in 2012 saved about €400,000 and was the latest in a series of money-saving measures within the organisation.

These included slashing wages and making 14 staff redundant, mostly from administration. The remaining staff agreed to a pay cut of more than 10pc which also involved a reduction in increments.

"All our cost-cutting measures have been implemented and at this stage it's not in our plans to close next year," a spokesperson confirmed.

"There have been some redundancies as part of our cutbacks programme, but there are no other lay-offs planned at the moment"