Calderdale Council seeks to cut redundancy pay
Sep 15 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
MORE talks are to take place over plans to cut redundancy terms at Calderdale Council.
Councillors have agreed to consult employees and unions on proposed revisions to the council’s redundancy policy.
The Cabinet noted that Calderdale currently has a more generous redundancy scheme than most neighbouring councils.
The council faces big job losses, like other authorities, but has yet to discuss numbers.
Councillors accepted a recommendation from the Council’s Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel that seeks to reduce the number of weeks of redundancy pay.
They claimed it may help to protect services and jobs and to bring payments more in line with those of neighbouring authorities.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for performance and resources, Clr Peter Wardhough, says that due to budget restraints, financial cuts would need to be made and difficult decisions taken.
“We need to ensure that whatever decision is taken is fair and balanced.”