A Section 188 Notice has been published listing 218.8 full time equivalent (FTE) proposed post reductions across the County Council.
As part of its ongoing budget reprioritisation, the Council needs to make anticipated total savings of £106m, based on current assumptions, over the next four years to 2016/17. The post reductions listed on the Section 188 Notice will contribute to this.
This is in addition to the savings that have already been identified and will allow £59 million to be reinvested in priority frontline service delivery.
Of the posts listed on the Section 188 Notice, 101.7 FTE are already vacant and will be deleted from the Council structure.
The proposed post reductions include:
- 54.4 posts in Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection
- 36 in Children, Families and Cultural Services
- 121.4 in Environment and Resources
- 7 in Policy, Planning and Corporate Services
Read the detail of the Section 188 notice in full [Excel]
Since the Council’s current transformation programme began, of the posts that have been deleted:
- almost a quarter were vacant
- eight out of ten redundancies have been voluntary
- 45% of employees at risk of compulsory redundancy have been successfully redeployed into other jobs across the Council.
The Council remains committed to fulfilling its legal obligations to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies through a number of ways including:
- deleting vacant posts from the Council structure
- undertaking a 90-day consultation period with trade unions and affected staff which will close on 29 January 2013
- careful and consistent use of the Vacancy Protocol process, redeployment and voluntary redundancy procedures.
A range of support information is available targeted at staff identified as being at risk of redundancy.