50 managerial jobs cuts will be immediate. Read an exerpt from Councillor Lesley Jones’ blog on the issue below:
Brent Council’s Lib Dem/Conservative administration is planning the loss of 50 managers by next April. Some staff have already been told they will be made redundant. Morale is generally low. To some, reducing managerial roles appears good housekeeping. But in some situations management roles are essential. For example, experienced social workers are hard to recruit. If the majority of staff in social services roles are newly qualified or lack experience, they need the guidance and support of skilled managers. Likewise, where the council’s services are contracted out, there have to be managers to monitor that services are delivered to specification. The point is, that any decisions about reducing managers should not be savings led, but must be guided by individual service needs and good sense – not skills in abundance amongst the current administration.
Councillor Lesley Jones