Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth councils made hundreds redundant over last three years

SAVAGE CUTS: County Hall in Dorchester

SAVAGE CUTS: County Hall in Dorchester

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DORSET, Poole and Bournemouth councils have made hundreds of staff redundant as they attempt to cope with savage Government cuts, new figures show.

A total of 295 staff left Dorset County Council in 2011/12, 2012/13 and the first half of 2013/14, while 119 jobs were lost at Bournemouth and 94 at Poole.

The biggest exodus at Dorset was in 2011/12 when 138 members of staff took voluntary redundancy – including 61 from the council’s environment department and 51 from children’s services.

Adult social care has taken a big hit in Bournemouth, losing 40 members of staff between 2011/12 and the end of October 2013/14. This includes 20 compulsory redundancies in 2011/12 and a further 16 in 2012/13.

In Poole, the total includes 25 redundancies in the culture and community department – most of which have been voluntary.

David Higgins, Bournemouth council’s Unison representative, said: “Instead of introducing redundancies all at once, which would inevitably get bad headlines, we have witnessed a constant drip of small numbers of staff going.

“And redundancies do not reveal the whole picture.

“There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils.

“That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.”

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2:25pm Mon 13 Jan 14

steelpaul says...

“There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.”

Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!!
“There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.” Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!! steelpaul
  • Score: -11

3:11pm Mon 13 Jan 14

fireflier says...

They may have lost staff...saved a cartload of cash ...but have we noticed much difference in what the Councils do? ...not really!
They may have lost staff...saved a cartload of cash ...but have we noticed much difference in what the Councils do? ...not really! fireflier
  • Score: -4

3:19pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Rabbitman64 says...

steelpaul wrote:
“There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.”

Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!!
Unfortunately this person lives in a simplistic world! I have worked in stressful jobs both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. They clearly need to get out more!
[quote][p][bold]steelpaul[/bold] wrote: “There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.” Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!![/p][/quote]Unfortunately this person lives in a simplistic world! I have worked in stressful jobs both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. They clearly need to get out more! Rabbitman64
  • Score: 8

3:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Originalbabyjames says...

Rabbitman64 wrote:
steelpaul wrote:
“There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.”

Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!!
Unfortunately this person lives in a simplistic world! I have worked in stressful jobs both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. They clearly need to get out more!
Well said! I've worked in both too and there's pressure, targets ands tress everywhere.

I wondered how long it would take someone to criticise any one working for local authorities and true enough didn't take long. Everyone who is working, is working hard in this climate, public or private sector Doesn't take long for narrow minded, outdated opinions to appear on here.
[quote][p][bold]Rabbitman64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steelpaul[/bold] wrote: “There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.” Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!![/p][/quote]Unfortunately this person lives in a simplistic world! I have worked in stressful jobs both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. They clearly need to get out more![/p][/quote]Well said! I've worked in both too and there's pressure, targets ands tress everywhere. I wondered how long it would take someone to criticise any one working for local authorities and true enough didn't take long. Everyone who is working, is working hard in this climate, public or private sector Doesn't take long for narrow minded, outdated opinions to appear on here. Originalbabyjames
  • Score: 11

4:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

With these funding cutbacks and redundancies it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all and will be made redundant - the result is of course usually quite predictable.

(Virtual 'cut & paste' of my comment on the DCC funding cut backs - seems equally appropriate!)
With these funding cutbacks and redundancies it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all and will be made redundant - the result is of course usually quite predictable. (Virtual 'cut & paste' of my comment on the DCC funding cut backs - seems equally appropriate!) muscliffman
  • Score: 6

4:22pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

This simply proves how bloated and overstaffed councils were with office pen pushers, the work is still being done, all it means is that those left have to work for their wage for a change.
This simply proves how bloated and overstaffed councils were with office pen pushers, the work is still being done, all it means is that those left have to work for their wage for a change. Hessenford
  • Score: -6

4:42pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Originalbabyjames says...

muscliffman wrote:
With these funding cutbacks and redundancies it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all and will be made redundant - the result is of course usually quite predictable.

(Virtual 'cut & paste' of my comment on the DCC funding cut backs - seems equally appropriate!)
It's your elected councillors who decide how the budget is spent.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: With these funding cutbacks and redundancies it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all and will be made redundant - the result is of course usually quite predictable. (Virtual 'cut & paste' of my comment on the DCC funding cut backs - seems equally appropriate!)[/p][/quote]It's your elected councillors who decide how the budget is spent. Originalbabyjames
  • Score: 0

4:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

steelpaul says...
Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!!

You are obviously happy then,to be worked into an early grave by that thing they call slavery and you don't realise that if you give your employer 100% they want 120% otherwise you would not be there.
Good luck to you.
steelpaul says... Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!! You are obviously happy then,to be worked into an early grave by that thing they call slavery and you don't realise that if you give your employer 100% they want 120% otherwise you would not be there. Good luck to you. BIGTONE
  • Score: 6

4:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

if the councils stopped wasting money, they could keep more staff. i wonder how many management job have gone.very few i expect.
if the councils stopped wasting money, they could keep more staff. i wonder how many management job have gone.very few i expect. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Originalbabyjames wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
With these funding cutbacks and redundancies it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all and will be made redundant - the result is of course usually quite predictable.

(Virtual 'cut & paste' of my comment on the DCC funding cut backs - seems equally appropriate!)
It's your elected councillors who decide how the budget is spent.
Yes indeed they (sort of) do, but usually only in a formal rubber stamping exercise based upon the cut back and redundancy recommendations submitted by..........
[quote][p][bold]Originalbabyjames[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: With these funding cutbacks and redundancies it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all and will be made redundant - the result is of course usually quite predictable. (Virtual 'cut & paste' of my comment on the DCC funding cut backs - seems equally appropriate!)[/p][/quote]It's your elected councillors who decide how the budget is spent.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed they (sort of) do, but usually only in a formal rubber stamping exercise based upon the cut back and redundancy recommendations submitted by.......... muscliffman
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Mon 13 Jan 14

arthur1948 says...

Welcome to the new caring Britain.....money is the new god.
Welcome to the new caring Britain.....money is the new god. arthur1948
  • Score: 6

5:58pm Mon 13 Jan 14

John T says...

arthur1948 wrote:
Welcome to the new caring Britain.....money is the new god.
Yes, apparently health and education produce no wealth for the future Great Britain, so are worthy of no worship or attention.
[quote][p][bold]arthur1948[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the new caring Britain.....money is the new god.[/p][/quote]Yes, apparently health and education produce no wealth for the future Great Britain, so are worthy of no worship or attention. John T
  • Score: 9

7:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

What is the point of these debates if the council chooses not join in ?
What is the point of these debates if the council chooses not join in ? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

skydriver says...

It's the councillors who should be made redundant , they are the time wasters .
It's the councillors who should be made redundant , they are the time wasters . skydriver
  • Score: 5

11:40pm Mon 13 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

Hessenford wrote:
This simply proves how bloated and overstaffed councils were with office pen pushers, the work is still being done, all it means is that those left have to work for their wage for a change.
How do you know the work is still being done? From what a couple of friends who work for a council have told me, the work isnt being done and vulnerable peoples lives, including children, are now being put at risk.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: This simply proves how bloated and overstaffed councils were with office pen pushers, the work is still being done, all it means is that those left have to work for their wage for a change.[/p][/quote]How do you know the work is still being done? From what a couple of friends who work for a council have told me, the work isnt being done and vulnerable peoples lives, including children, are now being put at risk. s-pb2
  • Score: 2

8:48am Tue 14 Jan 14

jobsworthwatch says...

Originalbabyjames wrote:
Rabbitman64 wrote:
steelpaul wrote:
“There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.”

Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!!
Unfortunately this person lives in a simplistic world! I have worked in stressful jobs both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. They clearly need to get out more!
Well said! I've worked in both too and there's pressure, targets ands tress everywhere.

I wondered how long it would take someone to criticise any one working for local authorities and true enough didn't take long. Everyone who is working, is working hard in this climate, public or private sector Doesn't take long for narrow minded, outdated opinions to appear on here.
Yes but!
In the private sector you have to innovate, be competitive and make a profit, in the public sector you don't!
[quote][p][bold]Originalbabyjames[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rabbitman64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steelpaul[/bold] wrote: “There have also been posts deleted and vacancies left unfilled which has greatly reduced the number of people working for local councils. “That puts remaining staff under greater pressure and this is at a time when people need the council’s help more than ever.” Pressure, they dont know pressure until they have worked in the Private sector where we have been working short staffed for years, in the last two years, the staffing at my work place has been slashed by 62%, turnover is also higher than it was before the cuts but were still not allowed to increase staffing as it will effect the companies profits!!![/p][/quote]Unfortunately this person lives in a simplistic world! I have worked in stressful jobs both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. They clearly need to get out more![/p][/quote]Well said! I've worked in both too and there's pressure, targets ands tress everywhere. I wondered how long it would take someone to criticise any one working for local authorities and true enough didn't take long. Everyone who is working, is working hard in this climate, public or private sector Doesn't take long for narrow minded, outdated opinions to appear on here.[/p][/quote]Yes but! In the private sector you have to innovate, be competitive and make a profit, in the public sector you don't! jobsworthwatch
  • Score: -6

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