Redundancies loom for Selby council workers

Payouts of £800,000 could be made by Selby District Council to staff it says it is being forced to make redundant.

The council, which covers the villages of Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet, blames government cuts for the job losses. Altogether 48 people are being made redundant. Some 34 of them have been voluntary. 12-14 more job losses are likely to follow.

Councillor Donald MacKay (Tadcaster West) told the Wetherby News: “I think there will be another phase of redundancies at the council very soon and obviously the council has to pay staff for their services with redundancy money if they have been working there a long time. Some members of staff have been working here 25 years or more.”

“We have a new structure within the council called a Service Delivery Vehicle in which people can now multi-task in a number of roles. We are just waiting to see where we are at and are hoping that the new model will work out.

“As the government has taken away annual funding we do not have a great deal of alternatives to this, which is regretable.”

A spokesman for Selby District Council said: “The aim of developing this new structure has been to split the commissioning and delivery of council services, to enable the authority to achieve greater effiency.

“As with all local authorities across the county, Selby District Council faces a near 30 per cent reduction in central Government funding over four years.

The new staff structure is designed to support greater generic working across the organisation as a way of focusing resources on front-line services, despite the financial challenge faced by the council.

Such a major change has required all staff to go through a recruitment process.”

Chief Executive of the Council, Martin Connor, said, “This has been a hugely challenging time for staff as we’ve put in place some major changes to protect front-line services in light of reductions in central Government funding. I’d like to thank everyone for their support.

“During the recruitment process some staff have opted for voluntary redundancy and we’ve held open vacancies to reduce the impact on existing members of staff.

“We’ve been offering as much support as possible for those affected, based on their personal needs. We’re working with a range of other organisations to support people at this difficult time.

“The changes we’ve put in place are designed to put us on a firm financial footing for the future, in which we can continue to deliver the services our residents want and need, despite the significant reductions in funding. The reduction in the number of staff is a result of having to find significant savings, not the result of our new structure – our new structure is a way of us protecting services given the financial challenge we face.”