Staff are being asked to consider voluntary redundancy and recruitment has been put on hold as council bosses look set to axe jobs.

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Broadland District Council is to reorganise its strategy, community and housing service, with people working in that department told they face a “risk of potential redundancy”.

Homelessness, housing advice and the joint core strategy, which maps out thousands of new houses in the Greater Norwich area, are among the issues they consider.

Nich Starling, Liberal Democrat opposition leader, said the news had “come out of the blue” for staff.

He said: “We were assured at a budget meeting earlier in the year there would be no need for compulsory redundancies but it does seem asking for voluntary redundancies is not a million miles away.

“I’m sure this is causing some concern for staff that they asked for this. We are also aware the council has to balance the budget.”

This is thought to be the first set of job cutbacks since Broadland carried out a senior management review last autumn when former chief executive Colin Bland retired.

Two senior posts were cut as a result.

The council employs nearly 300 people in total for its 230.75 full-time equivalent posts.

All of them have been contacted about the potential job losses, although it is unknown how many roles are under threat.

But Stephen Fennell, Broadland District Council’s head of corporate resources, said they are not looking at “wide-scale job losses”.

He said: “We are asking all our staff whether they wish to explore the option of voluntary redundancy as part of our plan to reorganise our strategy, community and housing services.

“The proposed reorganisation has placed some members of that department at risk of potential redundancy, and we are committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies whenever possible.

“For that reason we have already put our recruitment processes on hold to identify possible redeployment opportunities, and asked staff to let us know if they are interested in submitting a request for voluntary redundancy or early retirement.

“Discussions with the staff affected and with the union and other staff representatives are on-going.”

Do you have a council story? Contact reporter Richard Wheeler on 01603 772474 or email richard.wheeler@archant.co.uk

5 comments

  • How many of these job cuts will fal on the upper echelons of Broadland DC? I'm asking because we need those who do the actual jobs, deal with taxpayers and voters, but could do with less of the upper management. One Unitary council for Norfolk? what an idea to debate indeed.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • this is one of many councilpublic sector offices.are the others cutting the excess staff?think of the savings.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • "The council employs nearly 300 people in total...." They could get rid of two thirds of them and force the other third to work a lot harder than they already do !.

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    "V"

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • thye always post self praising magazines thru my door saying how "they are all doing very well".how much do they cost?and will my council tax be any lower?thought not.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • Unitary councils are probably the answer. Cut out the duplication of management and administration. Also take a look at priorities. Its not clear that the 'services' that are top priority at the district councils are the same as those the tax payers set highest priority on. The magazines are a classic example.

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    Resident

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

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