Council workforce to be told where budget axe will fall

Council workforce to be told where budget axe will fall

Council workforce to be told where budget axe will fall

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A MAJOR  announcement will be made early tomorrow morning to the council's 4,800-strong workforce, in which millions of pounds of spending reductions will be revealed.

A meeting tonight of the ruling cabinet will be asked to approve a raft of measures designed to save around £40m over the next year,

Councillors will also be asked to give the go-ahead to radical changes in workers' employment contracts, including redundancy payment policy.

With redundancies now unavoidable, the current enhanced payment for departing staff is to be scrapped.

Chief officers have already been sent letters saying their jobs are at risk and that the authority is seeking to reduce its manangement tier by a third.

The cabinet document says staff made redundant after the new conditions come into effect will have to leave under the new terms - regardless of when the dismissal process began.

Council chief executive Graham Burgess said: “Given that over 70% of the council’s revenue budget is devoted to the cost of employing our staff, tough choices need to be made.”

The cabinet report says that in the event that the scheme is modified, any staff leaving after a new scheme comes into effect have to leave on the new terms, regardless of when the dismissal process began.

Mr Burgess told the Globe changes must be made to council’s constitution to allow him to negotiate personally with the trade unions.

“The council is facing an unprecedented budget challenge - we have no choice but to reduce our net budget by £100m - this includes a projected deficit for next year of £39m.

“I am requesting that the cabinet give me the authority to consult with staff and trade unions regarding a number of matters that may affect them.

“Proposed changes include a significant reduction in the cost of senior management, changes to terms and conditions and potential changes to the manner in which we deliver our services.

“Given that over 70% of the council's revenue budget is devoted to the cost of employing our staff, tough choices need to be made.

“My personal priority is to ensure that we do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable who rely on council services.

“By entering into sensible discussions with the trade unions and our staff we will be able to do all we can to mitigate the impact of the budget reductions we need to make and save as many jobs as possible."

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4:57pm Thu 8 Nov 12

ArdalMcFardle says...

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5:54pm Thu 8 Nov 12

bigfoot says...

Certainly needs something doing if only 30% is spent on service provision. I would first look at the telephone number salaries the most senior officers are 'trousering' for nothing more than a signature on a piece of paper.
Additionally are the proposed salaries for the 'super directors' value for money,and don't trot out the ods chestnut about 'having to pay for talent,quality and skills' especially if some of the old guard are appointed.
Certainly needs something doing if only 30% is spent on service provision. I would first look at the telephone number salaries the most senior officers are 'trousering' for nothing more than a signature on a piece of paper. Additionally are the proposed salaries for the 'super directors' value for money,and don't trot out the ods chestnut about 'having to pay for talent,quality and skills' especially if some of the old guard are appointed. bigfoot
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8:38pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Peppar John says...

OK... So a reduction in Council funded Union posts?
OK... So a reduction in Council funded Union posts? Peppar John
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9:55pm Thu 8 Nov 12

WirralAl says...

Senior managers have all had massive payouts for abusing the positions NOW you want to move the goal posts.

How about you start by solving the mess of your predecessors once and for all so that we can all see justice done.

No more rewards for failure!


Sack who needs sacking. No more big pay offs
Senior managers have all had massive payouts for abusing the positions NOW you want to move the goal posts. How about you start by solving the mess of your predecessors once and for all so that we can all see justice done. No more rewards for failure! Sack who needs sacking. No more big pay offs WirralAl
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10:02pm Thu 8 Nov 12

steady cyclist says...

Lets see, they have privatised the refuse and recycling service,the care homes are all closed and some lying derelect, as is Birkenhethe carers havemostly been transfered to privatecompanies,the council doesnt run the buses or trains ad town hall, , the transport museum and birkenhead town hall are either close ing or closed down.
Lots of street lights are out in new brighton on the prom, with the new floral pavilion floodlights.

Yet on a very cold day all the windows where open on the council offices on Brighton street.

some things are cut back or sold but it appears not the heating bill.
Lets see, they have privatised the refuse and recycling service,the care homes are all closed and some lying derelect, as is Birkenhethe carers havemostly been transfered to privatecompanies,the council doesnt run the buses or trains ad town hall, , the transport museum and birkenhead town hall are either close ing or closed down. Lots of street lights are out in new brighton on the prom, with the new floral pavilion floodlights. Yet on a very cold day all the windows where open on the council offices on Brighton street. some things are cut back or sold but it appears not the heating bill. steady cyclist
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9:22am Fri 9 Nov 12

Debate says...

What Really Matters:Consultation Findings
Do the 6921 responders (and other Wirral residents) believe the decision makers at WBC are on the right track this week by spending some £30k on new office furniture for soon to be appointed Super Directors? Can the CEO and the three £400.00 a day hired honchos get in the real world before departing?
What Really Matters:Consultation Findings Do the 6921 responders (and other Wirral residents) believe the decision makers at WBC are on the right track this week by spending some £30k on new office furniture for soon to be appointed Super Directors? Can the CEO and the three £400.00 a day hired honchos get in the real world before departing? Debate
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