Up to 46 Warrington Borough Council jobs under threat in family and wellbeing service

Warrington Guardian: Up to 46 Warrington Borough Council jobs under threat in family and wellbeing service Up to 46 Warrington Borough Council jobs under threat in family and wellbeing service

WARRINGTON Borough Council plans to axe almost 50 jobs in its families and wellbeing services, the Warrington Guardian has learned.


It is believed that up to 46 jobs are under threat with a number of proposals for budget savings in the department currently being considered by council bosses.


Pam Howard, Unison Branch Secretary said the union is now ‘very anxious’ about the impact of Central Government cuts on the services available in Warrington.


She added: “The sterling work of an already reduced workforce at the council has meant the impact of previous cuts has not yet been felt by all residents, but the scale of financial cuts is set to increase in the coming years and there are no easy savings that can be made.


“As the chief executive says the low-hanging fruit has all gone, and Unison’s fear is that now the council is going to start chopping away at the trunk.


“Potential service cuts will affect disabled people and vulnerable children and families. We are very concerned about the impact on the local community.”


The cuts are part of a restructuring to modernise and transform the current services at the council while finding savings.


A council spokesperson said: “Proposals for budget savings have been drafted and we are now consulting on up to 46 redundancies with staff, unions and key stakeholders.


“This figure represents 2.5 per cent of the whole families and wellbeing workforce- not including school staff.


“We are facing some tough decisions but we are committed to exploring all alternatives to compulsory redundancies by looking at voluntary options and seeking to recruit staff to posts in other structures.


“Staff will be kept up to date and will be offered a range of support and advice during this process and all options will be fully explored before any final decisions are made.”

 

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12:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

This announcement comes just two days after it was announced that the Director of family and well being service was leaving for pastures new - interesting.

This latest announcement increases the argument not to replace her but absorb her function into other departments.
This announcement comes just two days after it was announced that the Director of family and well being service was leaving for pastures new - interesting. This latest announcement increases the argument not to replace her but absorb her function into other departments. Nick Tessla

12:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
This announcement comes just two days after it was announced that the Director of family and well being service was leaving for pastures new - interesting.

This latest announcement increases the argument not to replace her but absorb her function into other departments.
She obviously knew what was coming! Rats on a sinking ship springs to mind.
Still Grumpy
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: This announcement comes just two days after it was announced that the Director of family and well being service was leaving for pastures new - interesting. This latest announcement increases the argument not to replace her but absorb her function into other departments.[/p][/quote]She obviously knew what was coming! Rats on a sinking ship springs to mind. Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT

3:30pm Thu 13 Feb 14

moleogod says...

just sack a few overpaid council member's and transfer the money to these 46 people.
just sack a few overpaid council member's and transfer the money to these 46 people. moleogod

4:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

moleogod wrote:
just sack a few overpaid council member's and transfer the money to these 46 people.
How many members' allowances do you think it would take to pay for 46 people's pay?
[quote][p][bold]moleogod[/bold] wrote: just sack a few overpaid council member's and transfer the money to these 46 people.[/p][/quote]How many members' allowances do you think it would take to pay for 46 people's pay? Nick Tessla

5:06pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
moleogod wrote:
just sack a few overpaid council member's and transfer the money to these 46 people.
How many members' allowances do you think it would take to pay for 46 people's pay?
About 10000 worth of fence panel's, I only need one for god.s sake!
Still Grumpy
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moleogod[/bold] wrote: just sack a few overpaid council member's and transfer the money to these 46 people.[/p][/quote]How many members' allowances do you think it would take to pay for 46 people's pay?[/p][/quote]About 10000 worth of fence panel's, I only need one for god.s sake! Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT

6:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Daft Bob says...

46 staff are 2.5% of the department. So the department is 1840 staff at the moment - not including school staff.

So the department is 1% of Warrington's non child population (250,000 population in the town, council's 2012 - 2015 services for children lists 47,000 under 18s in Warrington).

Whilst there are no doubt some very hard jobs and harrowing cases in childrens services, many services have already been outsourced or use other agencies, e.g. WPC, WDP (disability partnership), Homestart anyway. Nearly 2,000 pole in one Council department sounds massive overkill. Yet we got told last year only one person covered South Warrington and it took 4 months for an assessment visit from ringing for an appointment to visit occurring, let alone further delays before we got any benefit from that departments staff.

If WBC want a list of staff whom they have apologised to us previously in a formal complaint as "making mistakes" I'll remind them and they can be first on the list. Hopefully many more ineffective "nice but un-empowered" staff can join that list and then the rest can up their game and the money saved can be spent on children whom need it.
46 staff are 2.5% of the department. So the department is 1840 staff at the moment - not including school staff. So the department is 1% of Warrington's non child population (250,000 population in the town, council's 2012 - 2015 services for children lists 47,000 under 18s in Warrington). Whilst there are no doubt some very hard jobs and harrowing cases in childrens services, many services have already been outsourced or use other agencies, e.g. WPC, WDP (disability partnership), Homestart anyway. Nearly 2,000 pole in one Council department sounds massive overkill. Yet we got told last year only one person covered South Warrington and it took 4 months for an assessment visit from ringing for an appointment to visit occurring, let alone further delays before we got any benefit from that departments staff. If WBC want a list of staff whom they have apologised to us previously in a formal complaint as "making mistakes" I'll remind them and they can be first on the list. Hopefully many more ineffective "nice but un-empowered" staff can join that list and then the rest can up their game and the money saved can be spent on children whom need it. Daft Bob

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