National Trust confirms 1,300 job cuts as it's hit by lockdown site closures

THE National Trust has confirmed nearly 1,300 jobs will go because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The charity said in July that it planned on making cuts after losing £200m during the pandemic.

It had expected to make 1,200 compulsory redundancies but has reduced this number to 514.

A further 782 of the jobs losses are through voluntary redundancies.

The cuts will save the organisation £100m a year after the pandemic caused people visiting its properties to plummet.

That includes £41m in annual savings from cutting other business costs, such as reducing travel, office costs and cutting marketing spend.

The National Trust, which has 5.6 million members, said it was the biggest redundancy consultation in its 125-year history.

The coronavirus crisis hit almost every avenue of income for the conservation and heritage charity, shutting all of its houses, gardens, car parks, shops and cafes, and stopping holidays and events.

Today's figures are in addition to 162 jobs being cut in August after £124million of projects were halted or deferred.

It brings the total total job losses because of the pandemic to 1,458.

National Trust director general Hilary McGrady said: “It’s with deep sadness that we have to make redundancies.

I certainly don’t want to stop any of the extraordinary work done by the people of the National Trust.

"I want to thank everyone who has been involved – especially those
whose jobs have been affected and the members and volunteers who care so passionately about the Trust."

“In making these changes now, I am confident we will be well-placed to face the challenges ahead, protecting the places that visitors love and nature needs, and ensuring our conservation work continues long into the future.”

National Trust properties started opening in May with visitors and staff following social distancing guidelines.

More than five million people have visited since then

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