Staff submit ideas for stream-lining costs at council
PROPOSALS to maintain services to the public and safeguard employment at Boston Borough Council will include a review of staff terms and conditions.
Since 2009, projects in the Transformation Programme have delivered the authority large-scale savings and improvements, CCTV improvements and savings in ongoing running costs.
There have also been shared management and services with other councils saving salary costs and sharing office accommodation with other public sector organisations.
Staff have put forward a number of ideas, some of which have already been put in place.
But, in the face of continuing austerity measures and reductions in funding for councils, the authority says terms and conditions are being reviewed further to help bridge the budget gap.
A large proportion of the council's budget is made up of staffing.
Chief executive Richard Harbord, said: "We have a very small and committed workforce and none of us would like to be in this position, but we have to be realistic and it is inevitable we find ourselves looking at terms and conditions and pay further, as other employers have also done.
"Changes to terms and conditions are part of a large programme to become more efficient and we will be looking to many more projects, not just pay, to help us achieve the changes to deliver a balanced budget into the future."
Some changes were made in 2011 and staff were made aware during 2012 that indications were the financial position had not improved and was likely to worsen.
Staff and their trade unions have been consulted during the spring and summer.
Councillors will consider the subject at a meeting of the corporate and community committee on October 1 and in cabinet on October 9. The item at both meetings will be considered exempt because of it being related to the pay of all of staff and also negotiations the council is undertaking.
A public report will be made available, however some of the detail will be exempt from publication.