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Proposals for changes to staff Terms and Conditions

Bedford Borough Council has started discussions with trade unions representing staff at the Council to identify changes needed to staff Terms and Conditions in order to save the council up to £2million.

The Council, in line with other local authorities, faces significant challenges in order to produce a balanced budget for 2012/13 as well as meeting savings targets for the next three years. 

On the 15th  March 2011 a recommendation to open negotiations with Trade Unions on a range of potential changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment was accepted by the General Purposes Committee. This is the next step in the process of these negotiations.

The savings identified by changing staff Terms and Conditions will help towards the Council’s overall total of saving £14million from the budget for 2012/13.

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive, Bedford Borough Council, said: “We have targeted savings between £1.5million and £2million by changing the Council’s Terms and Conditions of Employment. This will help to achieve our overall target of saving £14million for the 2012/13 budget while striving to protect frontline services.

“It is important to stress that these proposals are a starting point for consultation with the Council’s Trade Unions and no decisions have yet been made.

“The Council has an excellent relationship with its Trade Unions and working in partnership I hope we can come to a position where changes to Terms and Conditions are achieved via a collective agreement during the coming year.”

The Council is planning to produce a further report for the General Purposes Committee on 21st June which will include any contributions from Trade Union representatives. Following this a report is expected to be submitted to the Executive on 21st July and subject to their agreement, a consultation will begin on these savings.

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