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UPDATED: Council services affected as staff take unpaid leave
MANY Council services will be unavailable or restricted on Tuesday as the majority of staff take a day's unpaid leave.
It is the first of four unpaid leave days staff have agreed to take in order to save the organisation money as it deals with ongoing budget challenges.
For the majority of employees, the other three days will be taken between the Christmas and New Year period, meaning services will once again be affected at that time.
Arrangements have been put in place for some staff to be on duty to provide emergency cover or to ensure essential services, such as the CCTV control room, continue.
Council leisure facilities will be open as normal on Tuesday, but will be closed from December 23 until the New Year.
Staff working for organisations that deliver services on behalf of Wirral Council, such as Biffa and Colas, are not affected by these arrangements.
Joe Blott, strategic director for transformation and resources, said: "It is regrettable that we have had to ask our employees to take unpaid leave.
"Inevitably, there will be inconvenience caused to people who rely on the Council for services on those days.
"We sincerely apologise for that, but it is a result of the financial position the Council is in at the moment - we have to save money.
"Doing things in this way means we can reduce staffing costs and also make savings on other costs, such as heating and lighting, as many Council buildings will be closed completely on those four days."
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