Southend Council admin job cuts decision in October

A decision on a jobs reshuffle at Southend Council won’t be made until October.

The council is in the middle of a restructuring process to streamline administrative teams in order to cut costs in the face of falling Government revenue.

When announced earlier this year it was proposed 29 full time posts would be created while 38 would be “deleted”.

Unison is supporting workers who face uncertainty and the threat of redundancy and those it says will have increased work loads due to less staff.

Unison Southend branch secretary Claire Wormald said: “We’ve consistently said that these major changes to services mustn’t be rushed through so we welcome the council agreeing to extend the consultation. Perhaps now we’ll get some clarity and new proposals based on staff concerns.

“But the fact remains that this restructure is bad for Southend. Residents rely on skilled support staff to make sure services are delivered properly and funding raised.

“Slashing jobs and lumping all business support staff into a single team means losing decades of experience in social care, environmental health, planning and more.

“Council chiefs must stop giving in to government cuts, stand up for the community they’re supposed to serve and abandon this move altogether.”

Councillor Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, said: “The consultation finishes on August 27 as planned. Officers will consider all of the relevant feedback and reconsult on revised proposals through to October 1.”

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter