The National Trust, the charity which manages historic locations and areas of natural beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has announced that it will cut 1,200 jobs. The cuts are part of a plan to save £100 million (€110 million as at 14 September 2020), almost a fifth of its annual expenditure, to compensate for the loss of income caused by the coronavirus crisis. The redundancy consultations with the affected employees and the Prospect trade union have already started.
The Trust’s director general said the restructure aimed to make the organisation 'sustainable in the future' and focus on becoming carbon net zero by 2030.
A representative of Prospect warned that 'Once jobs are lost… it is very hard to recover them'.
The Trust was founded in 1895. It holds country houses and estates but also smaller houses associated with famous people, for example the childhood home of John Lennon.