All staff at Shropshire council offered voluntary redundancy
All non-teaching staff at Shropshire Council are being offered voluntary redundancy in a bid to reduce the council’s workforce.
The council, which must save £80m over the next three years, is changing the way it operates including introducing a zero-budgeting approach for all departments. These means managers will produce a business case for money needed in each department rather being given a set budget.
The changes will mean the council will look to reduce its workforce so all non-teaching staff can apply for voluntary redundancy. Council leader, Keith Barrow, said: 'The fact is that councils are now a very different place to work than they were five or ten years ago, and as we continue to commission more services we will need fewer and fewer staff on the payroll.
'We are absolutely committed to keeping compulsory redundancies to a minimum, and by offering everyone the chance to apply for voluntary redundancy we hope to significantly reduce our workforce without the need for compulsory redundancies.'
Good for trying to avoid compulsory redundancies but what about the impact on the local community and economy. Like so many in this game the discussion is about cost reduction when it should be about value as well.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 5 August 2013 10:07 AM
J, you need to change the record. You're boring us now. Blah, blah compliance, diversity, political, european officers, ?200k chief execs, pensions. Yeah, yeah, whatever. Come on. man! We all need you to come up with something new to get us cross !Tired and Emotional, Added: Thursday, 25 July 2013 02:43 PM
Labour are proposing zero based budgets. Read the fine print first. Will they sack compliance, diversity, political, european officers. - As none of these roles do anything for the taxpayerJ Smith, Added: Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:03 AM
Is it possibly to start with a clean slate? Challenge the need for every post by making them all potentially redundant, then start with no budget and build it from the bottom up? it's all extremely artificial, given the fixed costs that every local government service area is burdened with before it even opens its doors. Just another example of the artificial approach in seeking to make local government more commercial and business like, in a public service system that is anything but.Roger Gambba-Jones, Lincolnshire., Added: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:34 AM
It's intersting to note that the Council's Cabinet report states that they need to `reduce staffing levels considerably`. Unison are on record as saying that their discussions with the senior management indicate that the redundancies will be `up to 50% of the staff over 4 years.`The original Nemesis, Added: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:16 AM
Hi John - they are only looking for a percentage of staff to take the voluntary redundancy. So if everyone wanted to leave, they would look at who they wanted to stay. There is a real issue around skills though as there's no saying the best people won't take them up on the offer.Laura Sharman, Editor, www.LocalGov.co.uk, Added: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:33 AM
How can this be possible? It is the job rather than a person that is made redundant, so are all non-teaching jobs to disappear?John Orchard, Added: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 09:34 PM
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