The RNLI have cut back on staff in an attempt to save money

A total of 17 staff have been made redundant by the RNLI as it looks to trim costs. Lifesaving services around the coasts of the UK and Republic of Ireland, which cost around £150million per year to run, will not be affected, but further redundancies in future have not been ruled out.

“We are continuing to look at where we can make savings across the RNLI to ensure that we are as effective and efficient as can be”, said Spencer Gammond, RNLI head of communications. All the job losses are among administrative staff at the charity’s Poole headquarters.

“It is becoming more and more difficult to raise the money we need to continue saving lives”, said Mr Gammond. “We have been looking at everything we do, from building lifeboats, to training lifeguards, to keeping financial accounts, in order to make the best use of the donations we receive”.