No redundancies but more jobs will be shared under West Oxfordshire partnership with Gloucestershire councils

Deputy council leader Mark Booty

Deputy council leader Mark Booty

First published in News
Last updated

JOB roles could be gradually lost as part of a partnership scheme involving four councils to save £55m over the next decade.

West Oxfordshire District Council’s cabinet yesterday agreed to share services with Cheltenham Borough Council, Forest of Dean District Council and Cotswold District Council.

Councillors approved the 2020 Vision for Joint Working report, which will see the councils using a jointly-owned authority company set up to provide services.

Deputy leader Mark Booty said there would be no redundancies but retiring staff may be replaced through job-sharing roles instead.

He said: “In a council we have 10 per cent staff turnover for people going into the private sector because we’re a great training ground.

“If a person leaves and someone can do it as a job share rather than be replaced immediately from the outside then that is what we will do. So there’s not a job loss as such but there’s a post reduction.”

Mr Booty said staff were already prepared for the changes after pooling some resources with Cotswold District Council over the past five years.

Services that will now be shared include legal advice, management, back office support, waste collection, environment services, and auditing. Staff taking on extra responsibilities may be given pay rises to compensate.

Mr Booty said: “Staff have known about the direction of travel for five years. We’ve told them and job losses are minimal.

“The only personal tragedies are compulsory redundancies but this also means a cash spend.

“I can’t stress the importance of making evolutionary changes rather than making them overnight.”

  • Our top stories

Video: Is there a flash of Blenheim Palace in new trailer for Bond film Spectre?

Oxford Mail:

9:41pm Sunday 29th March 2015

BLENHEIM Palace seemingly appears in the first official trailer for the new James Bond film Spectre.

Nick Clegg launches Lib Dem election campaign in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Sunday 29th March 2015

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Abingdon this afternoon to launch the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the General Election.

Video: Organisers praise dedication of OX5 runners who braved the elements

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Sunday 29th March 2015

HUNDEREDS of people lined the gardens of Blenheim Palace on a wet and windy Sunday to cheer on the runners of today's OX5 Run.

Low power reported in Cumnor and Marcham

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

12:14pm Sunday 29th March 2015

PEOPLE have been left with reduced electricity this afternoon after power problems hit Cumnor and Marcham.

Ukip opens first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:34am Sunday 29th March 2015

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) opened its first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon this morning.

Rail delays between Didcot and Reading reported

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

11:17am Sunday 29th March 2015

DELAYS of up to 25 minutes are being experienced by rail passengers travelling between Didcot Parkway and Reading this morning.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree