talks between Pendle Council’s group leaders and trade unions have seen the number of compulsory redundancies planned under restructuring proposals reduced from 76 to 23.
While a new management structure was agreed at the last full council meeting, final details were delegated to Couns Mike Blomeley (Conservative), John David (Liberal Democrat) and Mohammed Iqbal (Labour) following a full consultation exercise with trade unions and staff.
The reduction in the number of jobs to go has been achieved through a mixture of deleting vacant posts, retirements, voluntary redundancies, job shares and flexible working arrangements.
The majority of these redundancies relate to the ending of funding regimes which the council can do little about.
Importantly, while the loss of funding regimes was regretted by all group leaders, a great deal of progress has been made in protecting the council’s core service provision.
The focus on increasing efficiency and productivity and reducing the cost of management and administration have been key themes in the restructuring exercise.
This, along with the regrouping of services and reducing accommodation costs, will save council tax payers around £600,000 in 2011/12.
Coun. Blomeley said: “The restructuring exercise has been a genuine consultative process and I thank the trade unions and staff for their participation and co-operation.”
Coun. David said: “I am pleased that the council’s services have been protected as far as possible. I predict that there will be less impact in Pendle than in many other neighbouring authorities.”
And Coun. Iqbal added: “I am particularly pleased that the number of redundancies is so low and that all the arrangements have been properly negotiated with the trade unions.”