Hundreds of jobs may go at Newport council

MORE than 300 jobs could be lost at Newport council over the next four years under plans to save £25 million.

Public sector union Unison says the proposals currently under consultation will have a major impact on staff, but said the UK government was the real perpetrator of the crisis.

Newport council has not ruled out compulsory redundancies if other measures such as voluntary redundancy do not meet the cuts needed in staffing.

The authority is currently consulting on more than 100 proposals, which include shutting public toilets and ending the budget for the Newport medieval ship.

Council union rep Steph Davies says there could be 173 potential redundancies through until 2016 – although many may be voluntary – while another 150 posts could be lost between 2015 and 2018.

Some 235 posts could be transferred from Property Services to a new joint venture with a private firm and around 100 staff could be involved in changes in leisure services which could see the establishment of a leisure trust by 2015/16.

Staff are under a 45-day consultation for the proposals.

Ms Davies, Unison branch secretary, said the union regretted Newport council had to consider proposals of “this magnitude” and said Unison will try to ensure all members are treated fairly.

She added: “We should remember that although Newport received the best settlement from the Welsh Government, that the real perpetrators of this crisis are the Con Dem Government in Westminster. They are succeeding in their plan to fracture local services and effectively cut off the vulnerable and needy within our society.”

Newport council said around 350 so-called full-time equivalent posts could be affected by the proposals, while another 350 could see their roles continue but not necessarily be employed by the council.

The authority said the council would offer voluntary redundancy, as well as retraining and redeployment to existing staff, while carefully managing existing vacancies.

“While we always aim to do everything we can to avoid compulsory redundancies, if at the end of this process there is still a budget deficit caused by staff costs, unfortunately compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out,” a spokeswoman said.

The consultation closes at midnight on January 24.

Further public meetings will be held to discuss the budget on January 16 from 12pm to 2pm and 5pm and 7pm at Newport Centre.

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3:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

in before "good", "is bob bright one of them?" and "it should be the councillors that go!"
in before "good", "is bob bright one of them?" and "it should be the councillors that go!" whatintheworld
  • Score: 6

3:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

Yet more bad news for Newport employment statistics that are already seriously behind the national averages.

It's a shame the city doesn't have more industry and business to offer serious alternative employment, but perhaps some staff can pick up part-time jobs at Friars Walk stacking shelves etc. After all, Friars Walk will 'regenerate' the city (so the official line states). Probably won't be at the troubled Debenhams though. Doesn't sound like they are in any position to take a gamble on Newport in the state they're in.

And if the farcical funding package the council are arranging goes belly-up, what other services can we expect to lose alongside public toilets? Get full use out of your street lights while you've got them folks.
Yet more bad news for Newport employment statistics that are already seriously behind the national averages. It's a shame the city doesn't have more industry and business to offer serious alternative employment, but perhaps some staff can pick up part-time jobs at Friars Walk stacking shelves etc. After all, Friars Walk will 'regenerate' the city (so the official line states). Probably won't be at the troubled Debenhams though. Doesn't sound like they are in any position to take a gamble on Newport in the state they're in. And if the farcical funding package the council are arranging goes belly-up, what other services can we expect to lose alongside public toilets? Get full use out of your street lights while you've got them folks. DavidMclean
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Fri 3 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

Never mind,at least newport council homes have all had new tacky kitchens and bathrooms bodged in by Williams the builders
Never mind,at least newport council homes have all had new tacky kitchens and bathrooms bodged in by Williams the builders DDDog1
  • Score: 7

4:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

newportrules says...

DDDog1 wrote:
Never mind,at least newport council homes have all had new tacky kitchens and bathrooms bodged in by Williams the builders
Nothing to do with the Council. Newport City Homes.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: Never mind,at least newport council homes have all had new tacky kitchens and bathrooms bodged in by Williams the builders[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the Council. Newport City Homes. newportrules
  • Score: 10

4:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mr Angry says...

300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at
300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at Mr Angry
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Magor says...

Looking at the state of Newport the lot should go and employ people with an interest in the place.
Looking at the state of Newport the lot should go and employ people with an interest in the place. Magor
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Mr Angry wrote:
300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at
Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: 300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at[/p][/quote]Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 7

5:38pm Fri 3 Jan 14

fedupjon says...

Such a shame Unison are still wearing blinkers preventing them seeing reality.
I hate the Con/Dem coalition but they are not solely to blame for the financial problems facing Councils throughout Wales. You may choose to look closer to home at the Labour controlled Assembly.
Yes the settlement from Westminster has been reduced but the Assembly continue to sit on their hands when positive action needs to be taken. No better place to start that to begin the process of reorganising local government in Wales by reducing from 22 councils to possibly 10 or 12 which would produce huge savings. At the moment they are vaguely focussing on collaboration which doesnt work when no one takes ownership.
So please Unison open your eyes and campaign for the Assembly to take action rather than criticising elsewhere.
Such a shame Unison are still wearing blinkers preventing them seeing reality. I hate the Con/Dem coalition but they are not solely to blame for the financial problems facing Councils throughout Wales. You may choose to look closer to home at the Labour controlled Assembly. Yes the settlement from Westminster has been reduced but the Assembly continue to sit on their hands when positive action needs to be taken. No better place to start that to begin the process of reorganising local government in Wales by reducing from 22 councils to possibly 10 or 12 which would produce huge savings. At the moment they are vaguely focussing on collaboration which doesnt work when no one takes ownership. So please Unison open your eyes and campaign for the Assembly to take action rather than criticising elsewhere. fedupjon
  • Score: 14

5:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mr Angry says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at
Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.
Or work for a pittance for a cowboy employer like you
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: 300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at[/p][/quote]Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.[/p][/quote]Or work for a pittance for a cowboy employer like you Mr Angry
  • Score: 1

5:54pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at
Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.
Or work for a pittance for a cowboy employer like you
Don't know where you got that idea. I've only ever recruited at above minimum wage. I have declined some people who only wanted 15 hours a week so they could carry on claiming benefits.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: 300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at[/p][/quote]Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.[/p][/quote]Or work for a pittance for a cowboy employer like you[/p][/quote]Don't know where you got that idea. I've only ever recruited at above minimum wage. I have declined some people who only wanted 15 hours a week so they could carry on claiming benefits. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 10

5:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mr Angry says...

Pay them decent wages they wouldn't need Tax Credits
Pay them decent wages they wouldn't need Tax Credits Mr Angry
  • Score: 5

6:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Pay them decent wages they wouldn't need Tax Credits
I entirely agree. You could then get rid of more civil servants who means test and pay them. Tax credits are bad news on all counts. Just raise the minimum wage.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Pay them decent wages they wouldn't need Tax Credits[/p][/quote]I entirely agree. You could then get rid of more civil servants who means test and pay them. Tax credits are bad news on all counts. Just raise the minimum wage. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 13

7:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

No mention of reducing the number of councillors. We do have 50 after all which is 20 too many for a town of this size.
No mention of reducing the number of councillors. We do have 50 after all which is 20 too many for a town of this size. blackandamber
  • Score: 23

8:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

I wonder how many executives,heads of departments,director
s and all the other non productive,money wasting dead wood within this council are included in these job losses.
I wonder how many executives,heads of departments,director s and all the other non productive,money wasting dead wood within this council are included in these job losses. bugsy93
  • Score: 20

9:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

bugsy93 wrote:
I wonder how many executives,heads of departments,director

s and all the other non productive,money wasting dead wood within this council are included in these job losses.
none
[quote][p][bold]bugsy93[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many executives,heads of departments,director s and all the other non productive,money wasting dead wood within this council are included in these job losses.[/p][/quote]none scraptheWAG
  • Score: 11

11:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mike0408 says...

''The authority said the council would offer voluntary redundancy, as well as retraining and redeployment to existing staff, while carefully managing existing vacancies.''

they are wanting to get rid of staff yet as the line above states ''while carefully managing existing vacancies.''

WHY would there be ANY vacancies if they cant afford the staff they already have??
''The authority said the council would offer voluntary redundancy, as well as retraining and redeployment to existing staff, while carefully managing existing vacancies.'' they are wanting to get rid of staff yet as the line above states ''while carefully managing existing vacancies.'' WHY would there be ANY vacancies if they cant afford the staff they already have?? Mike0408
  • Score: 13

10:41am Sat 4 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at
Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.
Or work for a pittance for a cowboy employer like you
Don't know where you got that idea. I've only ever recruited at above minimum wage. I have declined some people who only wanted 15 hours a week so they could carry on claiming benefits.
but in all fairness would you work full time for less money than you could get for working 15 hours a week , it was the brain child of good old gordy.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: 300 more people for IDS to aim his bile at[/p][/quote]Or to take some of the jobs we keep being told the Eastern Europeans are taking.[/p][/quote]Or work for a pittance for a cowboy employer like you[/p][/quote]Don't know where you got that idea. I've only ever recruited at above minimum wage. I have declined some people who only wanted 15 hours a week so they could carry on claiming benefits.[/p][/quote]but in all fairness would you work full time for less money than you could get for working 15 hours a week , it was the brain child of good old gordy. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 6

10:53am Sat 4 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

Magor wrote:
Looking at the state of Newport the lot should go and employ people with an interest in the place.
unfortunately most of employed in management non jobs and not in the business of improving the run down tip that was once the town of newport
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Looking at the state of Newport the lot should go and employ people with an interest in the place.[/p][/quote]unfortunately most of employed in management non jobs and not in the business of improving the run down tip that was once the town of newport scraptheWAG
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Mon 6 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives.
Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government.
Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.
Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives. Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government. Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street. BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -3

3:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

What proportion of the total workforce is this 300?

A quick google search shows that there are around 7,500 staff directly employed by Newport Council. The loss of 100 positions per year for the next 3 years should be easily managed through natural turnover with no need for compulsory or indeed voluntary redundancies.

Yet another scaremongering headline with little relevance to the true facts.
What proportion of the total workforce is this 300? A quick google search shows that there are around 7,500 staff directly employed by Newport Council. The loss of 100 positions per year for the next 3 years should be easily managed through natural turnover with no need for compulsory or indeed voluntary redundancies. Yet another scaremongering headline with little relevance to the true facts. _Bryan_
  • Score: 14

9:35am Tue 7 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives.
Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government.
Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.
Another way of looking at it though is that for every employee paid out of tax you need the entire tax-take of five wealth creators on average wage. That gives a big clue as to why Bliar/Brown needed ever increasing taxes.
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives. Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government. Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.[/p][/quote]Another way of looking at it though is that for every employee paid out of tax you need the entire tax-take of five wealth creators on average wage. That gives a big clue as to why Bliar/Brown needed ever increasing taxes. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Tue 7 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives.
Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government.
Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.
you do know that if labour win the election they wil probably send the place bankrupt look at the WAG and what a mess its all in
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives. Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government. Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.[/p][/quote]you do know that if labour win the election they wil probably send the place bankrupt look at the WAG and what a mess its all in scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives.
Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government.
Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.
you do know that if labour win the election they wil probably send the place bankrupt look at the WAG and what a mess its all in
As much as I know you'd like to blame the Welsh Assembly for every problem under the sun scrapthewag, I'm pretty sure that Wales isn't bankrupt.

And personally I think Labour would do far better than the tories - since Cameron and his cronies came into power we have lost our triple A credit rating, borrowing has spiralled and growth rates are poor. This article sheds a bit of light on the tory lies about the economy and its actually written by a tory! - http://www.huffingto
npost.co.uk/ramesh-p
atel/growth-cameron-
austerity_b_2007552.
html
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Sad news - you have to remember that when we talk about 300 hundred people losing jobs its probably three times that number who are affected by it - husbands, wives, children and elderly relatives. Another example of the Condems forcing local councils into wielding the axe when they are ones who have squeezed local government. Hurry up 2015 when we can get rid of the shower in Downing Street.[/p][/quote]you do know that if labour win the election they wil probably send the place bankrupt look at the WAG and what a mess its all in[/p][/quote]As much as I know you'd like to blame the Welsh Assembly for every problem under the sun scrapthewag, I'm pretty sure that Wales isn't bankrupt. And personally I think Labour would do far better than the tories - since Cameron and his cronies came into power we have lost our triple A credit rating, borrowing has spiralled and growth rates are poor. This article sheds a bit of light on the tory lies about the economy and its actually written by a tory! - http://www.huffingto npost.co.uk/ramesh-p atel/growth-cameron- austerity_b_2007552. html BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 2

11:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

A more sensible number of staff needed to run Newport council would be about 5000

Currently if you just count adults in Newport every tenth person works for the Council
A more sensible number of staff needed to run Newport council would be about 5000 Currently if you just count adults in Newport every tenth person works for the Council Bobevans
  • Score: 0

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