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National Trust plans to cut 1,200 jobs

The National Trust plans to lay off 1,200 employees as it seeks to save £ 100million in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The sacred island of Lindisfarne (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The conservation and heritage charity, which has 5.6 million members, said it has lost nearly £ 200million in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, which has closed all of its homes, gardens, car parks, shops and cafes, and stopped holidays and events.

The trust said it had already saved millions of pounds by laying off staff, drawing on reserves, borrowing and halting or postponing projects, but still needed to make savings to keep it sustainable at long term.

It has offered £ 100million in annual savings, nearly a fifth of its annual spending, through changes in operations and cuts in staff and budgets.

Chief Executive Hilary McGrady said the organization will continue to look after historic sites and tackle climate change, loss of wildlife and unequal access to nature, beauty and history.

Some 1,200 employees are being made redundant as part of the proposed pay savings of £ 60million, or around 13% of the 9,500 employees.

The move, which comes after a decade that saw the National Trust nearly double in size, would bring staffing levels back to what they were in 2016.

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