A message for the VCS Assembly
At the full Council meeting held in February 2018 the Council approved a budget saving of £648,480 impacting on the Community Enablement Team by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.
Significant challenges facing Shropshire Council that were identified in the strategy included:
- Additional pressures as a result of growing demand and demographic changes particularly in Children’s services, alongside known growth in Adult Services;
- The cumulative impact of changes and loss in funding that are, nevertheless, tied to the statutory delivery of services
- Increased inflation requirements for major contracts;
- Continued Government funding reductions.
Whilst the potential positive impact of the recent budget announcements are yet to be fully understood, it is not possible that this will sufficiently address the challenges above. Regrettably, this means that the formal redundancy consultation period for the team will begin on 7th November 2018.
During the consultation period the existing work programme will be reviewed. We are looking at the opportunities for new technology to improve service delivery and communication. We will also be in discussion with other Council departments and partners to see what role they would like to play. A new approach to place-based working, such as delivery of Place Plans and potential external grants, could offer new opportunities that are more affordable and better addresses key Council priorities as required.
Suffice to say that the Council’s employment processes will be followed with regard to the staff affected and staff updated and informed as required.
Prof. Mark Barrow, Director of Place, Shropshire Council