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No consultation before cutting Essex Economic Development Jobs

June 22, 2019 12:59 PM

Cllr David Kendall

Surprise has been expressed by Cllr David Kendall (Brentwood) over the number of redundancies made in the Economic Development team without an external consultation taking place.

David questioned why the matter was not bought before the relevant Scrutiny Committee before any final decisions are made.

Reply by the Cabinet Member for Economic Development:

'This relates to the recent restructure of the Employment and Skills team and the staff consultation which closed on 30 April 2019. This reconfiguration of the staffing complement has been undertaken within the existing policy and strategy objectives of the organisation. It retains the focus on supporting the economic inclusion of our residents by concentrating on young people who are NEET or are at risk of being NEET.

The changes to the staff team have been made based on the resources required to undertake the work. Following an internal review of staffing across this team and the youth services team, it was found that economies of scale could be achieved by aligning activity and that costs could be reduced by bringing the two teams together into the education team. Whilst this restructure will result in a small reduction in staff, the embedding of the remaining staff within the youth service will support us to continue to deliver great outcomes for our young people.'