A major shake-up of district council services announced today will see improved performance and efficiency but result in some redundancies.
Staff were informed today (Monday) of the Place Service Review at South Holland District Council and there will be a five-week period of consultation before the plans go to the Cabinet for approval.
There will be opportunities for staff to take on new roles and jobs will be matched to people who have the skills for 2017 and onwards
Although the full council will vote on the decision, the review is being held by chief executive Anna Graves and her team.
No services will be cut and one promise already made is that empty council houses will be filled much quicker.
The review is part of the council’s Moving Forward programme, which aims to make sure services are as efficient and effective as possible. Housing, Community, Operational Asset Management and Environmental Services are the services being redesigned.
The key proposals include a new staffing structure where teams will be realigned around core services and residents’ needs.
An example of this is the creation of a dedicated Enforcement Team (to include Community Safety, Enforcement and Anti–Social Behaviour), working in partnership with others to deal with issues across the area. These functions are currently provided across a number of services areas but not as one team.
Managers have been briefed to monitor productivity to track and minimise any negative impact on operational services during the review process, although it is acknowledged a small dip in performance during change is inevitable.
Data from service users has been analysed and used to inform and develop the proposals and the outcome of the review will address areas where there are inefficiencies.
The council says it has excellent staff and there will be opportunities for them to take on new roles and help shape the services moving forward.
There will be opportunities for staff to take on new roles and jobs will be matched to people “who have the skills for 2017 and onwards”. These skills will be based around a series of work behaviours to support Moving Forward.
There will be some redundancies but the council says every effort will be made to minimise job losses and redeploy staff where appropriate. HR and training teams will be supporting those affected throughout the review process.
Consultation started today and will run until, Friday, May 5.
The council says staff working at the point of delivery will be instrumental in the improvement of the services and the proposals which are developed will be tested with them during the consultation and ideas will be incorporated.
The council is consulting with trade unions and will continue to do so throughout the consultation
The final proposals should be considered at Full Council on Wednesday, May 24 and if agreed, the task of filling the new roles will start immediately and run throughout June. Jobs will be advertised internally first before seeking external candidates.