Hundreds interested in Lancashire County Council voluntary redundancy

Hundreds interested in Lancashire County Council voluntary redundancy

Hundreds interested in Lancashire County Council voluntary redundancy

First published in East Lancashire

MORE than 830 county council workers have expressed an interest in voluntary redundancy as the authority looks to save £75million.

But even with 300 applications already approved by County Hall personnel chiefs, another 1,370 positions need to be scrapped before April 2018.

Trade unions have already expressed concerns that if enough volunteers cannot be found then the spectre of compulsory redunancies may arise.

And from the 830 expressions of interest in the latest voluntary severance scheme, only a proportion will be approved, based on the authority’s future staffing needs, councillors have been told.

County cabinet members endorsed a report in January which set out that £75million in salaries needed to be saved between April 2014 and 2018, which equates roughly to 2,500 posts.

Ian Young, deputy county secretary, said: “It is unlikely that all of these expressions of interest will be approved as a proportion will be refused based on business need where applicants have specific skills that the council will need to retain to deliver its future service offer.”

He also said in a report that the authority’s financial position ‘remains challenging’ and he has warned that the costs of voluntary redundancy could affect the council’s ability to invest in technology which may also generate efficiencies.

Councillors have heard that the statutory weekly maximum has now been raised from £450 to £464, during the process.

Unions have called for the settlements to be based on actual pay, rather than statutory maximums, and also raised concerns regarding redeployment opportunities and staff not being able to apply for re-employment with the council before three years has elapsed.

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7:30pm Sat 17 May 14

wilddog says...

Well i hope the bin crew round my area have applied and get it! Waste of time coz if yer bin aint full, they leave it! Council say take it to the tip myself, Told em, its 60quid less poll tax to pay for the journey and the cleaning of the car afterwards. Waste of time the lot of them. To save money, stop claiming yer expenses! You wanted the job,,,,,,,,No one forced you!
Well i hope the bin crew round my area have applied and get it! Waste of time coz if yer bin aint full, they leave it! Council say take it to the tip myself, Told em, its 60quid less poll tax to pay for the journey and the cleaning of the car afterwards. Waste of time the lot of them. To save money, stop claiming yer expenses! You wanted the job,,,,,,,,No one forced you! wilddog
  • Score: 2

9:13pm Sat 17 May 14

Copperhead says...

Isn't the phrase " county council worker " an oxymoron ?????
Articles like this remind me of the old joke about the Queen visiting County Hall and she enquires of the jobsworth showing her around - " How many people work here ? ".
And he replies - " About half of them ".
Of course if they get rid of 800 employees, that's only 400 actual jobs gone.
Isn't the phrase " county council worker " an oxymoron ????? Articles like this remind me of the old joke about the Queen visiting County Hall and she enquires of the jobsworth showing her around - " How many people work here ? ". And he replies - " About half of them ". Of course if they get rid of 800 employees, that's only 400 actual jobs gone. Copperhead
  • Score: 4

9:42pm Sat 17 May 14

golazzo says...

Sack the bl**dy chief Execfor starters.

Any person with a heart wouldn't make cutbacks that affect the disabled children and adults.

Many other councils ring fenced money but not LCC.

Absolute disgusting tactics from all concerned.
Sack the bl**dy chief Execfor starters. Any person with a heart wouldn't make cutbacks that affect the disabled children and adults. Many other councils ring fenced money but not LCC. Absolute disgusting tactics from all concerned. golazzo
  • Score: 3

8:48am Sun 18 May 14

ghost of sceptic says...

wilddog wrote:
Well i hope the bin crew round my area have applied and get it! Waste of time coz if yer bin aint full, they leave it! Council say take it to the tip myself, Told em, its 60quid less poll tax to pay for the journey and the cleaning of the car afterwards. Waste of time the lot of them. To save money, stop claiming yer expenses! You wanted the job,,,,,,,,No one forced you!
Wilddog the county council do not provide your refuse collection, that is run by borough councils.Find it amazing you dont know what services your county council and borough councils provide. Cheap shot at the guys collecting bins in your area. Its the powers that be above who will direct the crews on how the service is to be carried out, not the guys on the colllections they are only following orders i suspect. Kind of makes your comment irelevant.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: Well i hope the bin crew round my area have applied and get it! Waste of time coz if yer bin aint full, they leave it! Council say take it to the tip myself, Told em, its 60quid less poll tax to pay for the journey and the cleaning of the car afterwards. Waste of time the lot of them. To save money, stop claiming yer expenses! You wanted the job,,,,,,,,No one forced you![/p][/quote]Wilddog the county council do not provide your refuse collection, that is run by borough councils.Find it amazing you dont know what services your county council and borough councils provide. Cheap shot at the guys collecting bins in your area. Its the powers that be above who will direct the crews on how the service is to be carried out, not the guys on the colllections they are only following orders i suspect. Kind of makes your comment irelevant. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Sun 18 May 14

fedup with your lies says...

golazzo wrote:
Sack the bl**dy chief Execfor starters.

Any person with a heart wouldn't make cutbacks that affect the disabled children and adults.

Many other councils ring fenced money but not LCC.

Absolute disgusting tactics from all concerned.
They do not care!
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: Sack the bl**dy chief Execfor starters. Any person with a heart wouldn't make cutbacks that affect the disabled children and adults. Many other councils ring fenced money but not LCC. Absolute disgusting tactics from all concerned.[/p][/quote]They do not care! fedup with your lies
  • Score: 1

10:12pm Sun 18 May 14

mayor07 says...

golazzo and fed up with your lies,

you both show a large degree of misunderstanding of how local government works. The elected members make the decisions on where service cuts will be made not the CEO. Also, if you think that children's and adult's social service can be protected you have no idea of the scale of cuts councils are required to make. It's impossible for the county council to protect those especially when they make up the majority of the total budget and the massive cuts imposed by central government.
golazzo and fed up with your lies, you both show a large degree of misunderstanding of how local government works. The elected members make the decisions on where service cuts will be made not the CEO. Also, if you think that children's and adult's social service can be protected you have no idea of the scale of cuts councils are required to make. It's impossible for the county council to protect those especially when they make up the majority of the total budget and the massive cuts imposed by central government. mayor07
  • Score: 5

10:37pm Sun 18 May 14

fedup with your lies says...

mayor07 wrote:
golazzo and fed up with your lies,

you both show a large degree of misunderstanding of how local government works. The elected members make the decisions on where service cuts will be made not the CEO. Also, if you think that children's and adult's social service can be protected you have no idea of the scale of cuts councils are required to make. It's impossible for the county council to protect those especially when they make up the majority of the total budget and the massive cuts imposed by central government.
Like I said Lcc does not care and if your not in the situation of losing a service for a loved one than u don't understand the desperation, anguish and frustration of not bring able to cope. Have you ever been in a situation like this Mayor07?
[quote][p][bold]mayor07[/bold] wrote: golazzo and fed up with your lies, you both show a large degree of misunderstanding of how local government works. The elected members make the decisions on where service cuts will be made not the CEO. Also, if you think that children's and adult's social service can be protected you have no idea of the scale of cuts councils are required to make. It's impossible for the county council to protect those especially when they make up the majority of the total budget and the massive cuts imposed by central government.[/p][/quote]Like I said Lcc does not care and if your not in the situation of losing a service for a loved one than u don't understand the desperation, anguish and frustration of not bring able to cope. Have you ever been in a situation like this Mayor07? fedup with your lies
  • Score: 2

10:53pm Sun 18 May 14

peely says...

Not surprised hundreds are interested in taking redundancy , big payoff , gold plated inflation proof pension and half of them will be back on temporary contracts doing the same job they,ve just been paid out for ! Nice work if you van get it ! The gravy train never ends !
Not surprised hundreds are interested in taking redundancy , big payoff , gold plated inflation proof pension and half of them will be back on temporary contracts doing the same job they,ve just been paid out for ! Nice work if you van get it ! The gravy train never ends ! peely
  • Score: 3

8:58am Mon 19 May 14

ikap22 says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
wilddog wrote:
Well i hope the bin crew round my area have applied and get it! Waste of time coz if yer bin aint full, they leave it! Council say take it to the tip myself, Told em, its 60quid less poll tax to pay for the journey and the cleaning of the car afterwards. Waste of time the lot of them. To save money, stop claiming yer expenses! You wanted the job,,,,,,,,No one forced you!
Wilddog the county council do not provide your refuse collection, that is run by borough councils.Find it amazing you dont know what services your county council and borough councils provide. Cheap shot at the guys collecting bins in your area. Its the powers that be above who will direct the crews on how the service is to be carried out, not the guys on the colllections they are only following orders i suspect. Kind of makes your comment irelevant.
Its not his fault, back in India, they don't have these services. .
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: Well i hope the bin crew round my area have applied and get it! Waste of time coz if yer bin aint full, they leave it! Council say take it to the tip myself, Told em, its 60quid less poll tax to pay for the journey and the cleaning of the car afterwards. Waste of time the lot of them. To save money, stop claiming yer expenses! You wanted the job,,,,,,,,No one forced you![/p][/quote]Wilddog the county council do not provide your refuse collection, that is run by borough councils.Find it amazing you dont know what services your county council and borough councils provide. Cheap shot at the guys collecting bins in your area. Its the powers that be above who will direct the crews on how the service is to be carried out, not the guys on the colllections they are only following orders i suspect. Kind of makes your comment irelevant.[/p][/quote]Its not his fault, back in India, they don't have these services. . ikap22
  • Score: 1

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