Joint Trade Union Budget Suggestions to avoid compulsory redundancies

 
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To avoid compulsory redundancies and terms, protect jobs and essential public services we would ask the Council’s political groups to consider the following suggestions;

 

Parking Charges; Charges could be introduced for on-street and off-street parking. We understand that previous Council papers have indicated generating income of over £1 million.

Area Committee Discretionary Grant Funding; Reduce this by 100% saving about £1.2 million.

ERVS; Current proposal to save £200k, this could be considerably increased if it is extended to include flexible retirement and there is clear guidance on service priorities.  Possible savings in excess of £1 million.

Gull Control Project; Introduce a charge to householders to achieve income in excess of £35k.

Third Sector Grant Funding & Commissioning; Consider areas of duplication of funding from both the Council and external partners.  Possible savings in excess of £200k.

Leisure & Sport; Consider all options to generate savings and avoid compulsory redundancies. Possible savings in excess of £1 million & opportunities for income generation.

Fees & Charges; Review these across all Departments to maximise income by, increasing to full cost recover or reduce others to increase use of facilities generating more income as appropriate.

HR Policy & Procedures; Improve training to ensure consistent and efficient staffing practices across various failing policies, to add to already identified attendance maximisation savings and improve workplace efficiency.

Payments to private nurseries; Increased provision of Council services and offer addition chargeable childcare options out-with the school day to encourage parental take-up.  Savings/Income in excess of £300k

Consultancy Fees; Remove consultancy fees to the minimum possible.

Hospitality costs; Reduce by 50% to save over £20k.

Review payments to external organisations, commissions, grants, events; to avoid duplication or un-necessary service delivery. Potential savings in excess of £1 million.

Review use of ERVS leavers and their remuneration.

Pool cars; Review the cost and efficiency of the current provision.

Care & Repair and Below Tolerable Standards Grants; Provide in-house delivery of the works keeping the funding in the council, as the applicants also make a contribution and often pay for additional works this could generate income in excess of £3.5m.

 

These suggestions could contribute in excess of £9 million to the budget and this amount would be increased when including the suggestions where we have not been able to indicate a specific figure. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss these suggestions with the groups prior to their final budget setting discussions.

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PRESS RELEASE: Public services short-changed by MacKay Today's budget falls short of the commitment to our public workers and services that we demanded at our rally today. After today's budget Derek MacKay can expect to see a sustained campaign from public workers to begin restoring livelihoods. The issue of public sector pay will not disappear. Whilst worker pressure has already achieved some incremental increase from the UK’s austerity approach, it is not acceptable that so many public service workers, including teachers, fire fighters and many nurses, should face further pay cuts. We recognise that the Finance Secretary has a difficult job in protecting Scotland’s budget against UK austerity. The smug self-satisfaction of the Scottish Tories belies the havoc that their government is wreaking on public services across the UK. However the SNP made several ambitious manifesto commitments and says it wants to do right by public workers. So now was the time to be bold. Scottish workers have made their demands clear, and dialogue between the STUC and Derek MacKay has emphasised the urgency of a real-terms pay rise for all public workers. Every public worker in Scotland deserves a pay-rise at inflation-level or above. This means that the Finance Secretary has to be clear he is funding every area of public sector provision to ensure this can be delivered. We will be looking particularly closely at the detail of the budget, but are disappointed in the real terms cuts in resource funding for local government. Whilst its good that the debate on tax has finally begun, the STUC is disappointed that the Scottish Government has not used their powers to make a significant commitment to public service investment and public worker pay. £20 a week additional tax for someone earning £2000 a week is simply too little when public services are at breaking point. To find more resources the Finance Secretary could have abandoned the Small Business Bonus scheme which drains the economy of £200 million a year with no evidence that it is the best way to invest in local economies. If it is to exist, it must focus on creating jobs that pay at least the Living Wage. Public workers will now be seriously doubting this government’s commitment to our services.

Today the Scottish Government set their budget which will dedicate what money the public sector has within Scotland . UNISON has made it clear that there should be no more cuts !!!

Unison has also made it clear that the public sector pay cap must go and that work must be done to compensate workers for their loss of wages over the last seven years !!!
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