Jobs go and pay cuts at Spalding learning centre

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THREE long serving members of staff at Spalding’s Chappell Centre have taken redundancy while others were forced to take £4,000 to £2,000 pay-cuts to keep their jobs.

Parents of Chappell Centre users claim Lincolnshire County Council “is trying a new tactic” because it could not shut the adult disabled day service in the face of fierce public opposition.

Maurice Chappell, who has a daughter Claire at The Chappell Centre, and Lynda Thorpe, who has a son Andrew there, say three staff have been made redundant.

Mrs Thorpe said carers who look after disabled adults had to re-apply for their jobs.

She said: “These carers who do so much for the people at The Chappell Centre were then offered their jobs back but some at £4,000 per year less and the others at £2,000 a year less. This is a damn disgrace and an insult to the staff.

“I would now like to see all the parasites that work for LCC reapply for their own jobs and get them back at a much lower rate and see how many takers there are.”

Lincolnshire County Council is trying to find care organisations to take over the running of the Pinchbeck Road building and others like it around the county by March 2014 after shelving plans for a mass shutdown.

Ardent campaigner Mr Chappell says he will make sure the authority sticks to its promise that it won’t close “until something as good or better” is in its place.

Mr Chappell says he doesn’t know much about the “mechanics” of the redundancies because staff are afraid.

“It seems that the organisation itself is full of fear, everybody’s frightened to speak,” he said.

A county council spokesman said: “The vast majority of redundancies were voluntary.

“For all those remaining, we then managed to offer posts to everyone.

“Each expressed an interest in the areas they wanted to work, although some of the jobs remaining were at lower grades.

“However, this pool of staff also included people from our Community Supported Living service as well as day centres, allowing us to avoid compulsory redundancies here in the vast majority of cases too.”