Two hundred Newport council staff to transfer to joint venture

South Wales Argus: TRANSFER: The new organisation will manage Newport Indoor Market. TRANSFER: The new organisation will manage Newport Indoor Market.

TWO hundred staff are to transfer out of Newport council after a profit-making joint venture with a firm owned by Norfolk council was launched.

The Argus previously reported that the authority’s cabinet had agreed on a plan for property services to be farmed out to Norse Newport.

A 10-year £7.3 million a year agreement has now been reached with Newport council that will see the new organisation manage Newport Market, provide cleaning and manage its property portfolio including providing on-site cleaning.

Norse Newport, a joint-venture between the council and Norse Group, owned by Norfolk Council, will manage the council’s 400 buildings and 1,000 parcels of land.

Cllr Gail Giles, Newport council’s cabinet member for human resources and assets, said: “For a number of reasons, including the increasingly difficult financial situation facing the council, it became necessary to review the provision of these services and various options were carefully examined.

“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly because we wanted to ensure the new organisation offered a range of benefits including greater stability for employees, flexibility in responding to local priorities, streamlined management and a more commercial culture. We believe the joint venture meets these requirements.”

Some 200 staff will transfer to the new organisation on the same terms and conditions, and local government pensions, as they had at Newport council.

The transfers will take place following consultations with staff and trade unions.

Lyndon Watkins will serve as managing director of Newport Norse from July 24.

Managing director of Norse Group, Peter Hawes said: “We are delighted to be working with Newport City Council in this new joint venture, to deliver a wide range of services.”

The agreement does not transfer ownership of the properties or land to the joint venture.

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9:09am Sat 12 Jul 14

Magor says...

Why not merge all the councils in South East Wales,we cant afford to run all these councils and WAG.
Why not merge all the councils in South East Wales,we cant afford to run all these councils and WAG. Magor
  • Score: 13

10:59am Sat 12 Jul 14

BobEvams2014 says...

Lets hope for some even better news - mass redundancies, I am appaulled that there aren't any. Reports indicate that hopefully this new company will do the same as Steria intend to do woth the SSC, hounour existing terms for 1 year and one day, and then sack the lot avoiding redundancy pay. This will be excellent news for taxpayers
Lets hope for some even better news - mass redundancies, I am appaulled that there aren't any. Reports indicate that hopefully this new company will do the same as Steria intend to do woth the SSC, hounour existing terms for 1 year and one day, and then sack the lot avoiding redundancy pay. This will be excellent news for taxpayers BobEvams2014
  • Score: -34

11:54am Sat 12 Jul 14

Practicalmickey says...

But the market staff are already wearing 'Norse' polo shirts along with some school cleaners.
It looks like it's already happened!
But the market staff are already wearing 'Norse' polo shirts along with some school cleaners. It looks like it's already happened! Practicalmickey
  • Score: 11

1:03pm Sat 12 Jul 14

newportrules says...

BobEvams2014 wrote:
Lets hope for some even better news - mass redundancies, I am appaulled that there aren't any. Reports indicate that hopefully this new company will do the same as Steria intend to do woth the SSC, hounour existing terms for 1 year and one day, and then sack the lot avoiding redundancy pay. This will be excellent news for taxpayers
Mass redundancies? I read that a few times. Let's be clear....you are saying that you want to see mass redundancies in Newport? I can only assume you are some kind of troll from another area with a gripe against Newport or, you are just THAT naive and ridiculous. Because of course, mass redundancy with the enormous burden that will put on the tax payer will be great news. Won't it?!
[quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: Lets hope for some even better news - mass redundancies, I am appaulled that there aren't any. Reports indicate that hopefully this new company will do the same as Steria intend to do woth the SSC, hounour existing terms for 1 year and one day, and then sack the lot avoiding redundancy pay. This will be excellent news for taxpayers[/p][/quote]Mass redundancies? I read that a few times. Let's be clear....you are saying that you want to see mass redundancies in Newport? I can only assume you are some kind of troll from another area with a gripe against Newport or, you are just THAT naive and ridiculous. Because of course, mass redundancy with the enormous burden that will put on the tax payer will be great news. Won't it?! newportrules
  • Score: 34

1:20pm Sat 12 Jul 14

cath 872 says...

BobEvams2014
Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?
BobEvams2014 Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps? cath 872
  • Score: 29

2:02pm Sat 12 Jul 14

b3talover says...

BobEvams2014 wrote:
Lets hope for some even better news - mass redundancies, I am appaulled that there aren't any. Reports indicate that hopefully this new company will do the same as Steria intend to do woth the SSC, hounour existing terms for 1 year and one day, and then sack the lot avoiding redundancy pay. This will be excellent news for taxpayers
Internet troll/keyboard warrior that needs constant attention on the Argus forum. Don't feed the troll.
[quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: Lets hope for some even better news - mass redundancies, I am appaulled that there aren't any. Reports indicate that hopefully this new company will do the same as Steria intend to do woth the SSC, hounour existing terms for 1 year and one day, and then sack the lot avoiding redundancy pay. This will be excellent news for taxpayers[/p][/quote]Internet troll/keyboard warrior that needs constant attention on the Argus forum. Don't feed the troll. b3talover
  • Score: 14

3:42pm Sat 12 Jul 14

whatintheworld says...

hes a parody of an account called bobevans, and a good one!
hes a parody of an account called bobevans, and a good one! whatintheworld
  • Score: 7

4:17pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Howie' says...

cath 872 wrote:
BobEvams2014
Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?
Calm down dear.......it's only satire.
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: BobEvams2014 Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?[/p][/quote]Calm down dear.......it's only satire. Howie'
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Sat 12 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

I missed the part where it explains how privatising this part of the council is going to be for the best. When did it become cost effective to bring in a contract run by an English council from the other side of the country? Once it's gone it's gone. What a shamefull situation to be in. Shameful for an Assembly that refuses to pass on money from the UK Government for Welsh tax relief. Shameful for a Council that can spend a million quid on new bins trying to steamroller recycling into its population when they reduce access to the main recycling centre through ridiculous opening hours and the Stasi approach to questioning where you live when you do get through the queue caused by the questioning. And shameful for the minority percentage of muppets who will keep on voting Labour even though they consistently let us down.
I missed the part where it explains how privatising this part of the council is going to be for the best. When did it become cost effective to bring in a contract run by an English council from the other side of the country? Once it's gone it's gone. What a shamefull situation to be in. Shameful for an Assembly that refuses to pass on money from the UK Government for Welsh tax relief. Shameful for a Council that can spend a million quid on new bins trying to steamroller recycling into its population when they reduce access to the main recycling centre through ridiculous opening hours and the Stasi approach to questioning where you live when you do get through the queue caused by the questioning. And shameful for the minority percentage of muppets who will keep on voting Labour even though they consistently let us down. landyman3030
  • Score: 2

7:41pm Sat 12 Jul 14

letsgobarbie says...

For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to us workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder.
There now you feel better don’t you?

Check out the facts of trickle down economics:


http://youtu.be/3U1D
_T-tSTw
For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to us workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder. There now you feel better don’t you? Check out the facts of trickle down economics: http://youtu.be/3U1D _T-tSTw letsgobarbie
  • Score: 0

10:47pm Sat 12 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

Magor wrote:
Why not merge all the councils in South East Wales,we cant afford to run all these councils and WAG.
So much for reverting back to the County Councils and cutting costs by amalgamating services as we all know makes sense. These people have got a 10 year contract. Iron clad no doubt. The sick thing is I don't know if this is such a bad move. The Newport Market for example has been run on second hand sticking plasters for years regarding day to day running and repairs. Leisure services being given away to trusts to manage, housing stock sold to NCH so money can be borrowed to maintain properties. How long before we lose other key services to private companies? I still fail to see how an English council can run this any more efficiently then it is now. Is NBC really that bad? Do I really want to know the answer?
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Why not merge all the councils in South East Wales,we cant afford to run all these councils and WAG.[/p][/quote]So much for reverting back to the County Councils and cutting costs by amalgamating services as we all know makes sense. These people have got a 10 year contract. Iron clad no doubt. The sick thing is I don't know if this is such a bad move. The Newport Market for example has been run on second hand sticking plasters for years regarding day to day running and repairs. Leisure services being given away to trusts to manage, housing stock sold to NCH so money can be borrowed to maintain properties. How long before we lose other key services to private companies? I still fail to see how an English council can run this any more efficiently then it is now. Is NBC really that bad? Do I really want to know the answer? landyman3030
  • Score: -5

10:49pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Howie' wrote:
cath 872 wrote:
BobEvams2014
Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?
Calm down dear.......it's only satire.
Shouldn't satire be original? Witty? Intelligent? Or just this repetitive tripe.
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: BobEvams2014 Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?[/p][/quote]Calm down dear.......it's only satire.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't satire be original? Witty? Intelligent? Or just this repetitive tripe. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Sat 12 Jul 14

displayed says...

Eventually all the councils will start tendering out their more lucrative services.
Will the last one to leave the council, please switch off the lites unless they need changing............
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Eventually all the councils will start tendering out their more lucrative services. Will the last one to leave the council, please switch off the lites unless they need changing............ .................... .... displayed
  • Score: -3

8:28am Sun 13 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

displayed wrote:
Eventually all the councils will start tendering out their more lucrative services.
Will the last one to leave the council, please switch off the lites unless they need changing............

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They are run as joint venture company

http://www.ncsgrp.co
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partnerships.htm
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Eventually all the councils will start tendering out their more lucrative services. Will the last one to leave the council, please switch off the lites unless they need changing............ .................... ....[/p][/quote]They are run as joint venture company http://www.ncsgrp.co .uk/local_authority_ partnerships.htm Bobevans
  • Score: 3

10:41am Sun 13 Jul 14

Mr Angry says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Howie' wrote:
cath 872 wrote:
BobEvams2014
Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?
Calm down dear.......it's only satire.
Shouldn't satire be original? Witty? Intelligent? Or just this repetitive tripe.
And the real Bob Evans doesn't post repetitive tripe, or for that matter Scrapthe Wag ?
All posters please don't take the pi$$ out of the far right on this board .....they don't like it.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: BobEvams2014 Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?[/p][/quote]Calm down dear.......it's only satire.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't satire be original? Witty? Intelligent? Or just this repetitive tripe.[/p][/quote]And the real Bob Evans doesn't post repetitive tripe, or for that matter Scrapthe Wag ? All posters please don't take the pi$$ out of the far right on this board .....they don't like it. Mr Angry
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Howie' wrote:
cath 872 wrote:
BobEvams2014
Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?
Calm down dear.......it's only satire.
Shouldn't satire be original? Witty? Intelligent? Or just this repetitive tripe.
And the real Bob Evans doesn't post repetitive tripe, or for that matter Scrapthe Wag ?
All posters please don't take the pi$$ out of the far right on this board .....they don't like it.
All in favour of comedy and satire. But KarloMarko (genuinely funny) style please as BobEvans2014 should def go back to the village which is missing it's idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: BobEvams2014 Mass redundancies? Do you hate the public sector? We are the people who bath and toilet people for a living, clean the streets YOU walk on, and will probably feed you when you're elderly and infirm. Or would you rather everything run privately, where care homes employ non English speaking people on £5 per hour? What has Newport Market ever done to you, anyway? Did they once sell you some sour grapes perhaps?[/p][/quote]Calm down dear.......it's only satire.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't satire be original? Witty? Intelligent? Or just this repetitive tripe.[/p][/quote]And the real Bob Evans doesn't post repetitive tripe, or for that matter Scrapthe Wag ? All posters please don't take the pi$$ out of the far right on this board .....they don't like it.[/p][/quote]All in favour of comedy and satire. But KarloMarko (genuinely funny) style please as BobEvans2014 should def go back to the village which is missing it's idiot. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: -1
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