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Council Statement Released After Reading Your Facebook Posts

Friday February 1 2013

WABers, the council's been in contact with us about your Facebook posts, and they're wanting you to have a read of this as it's regarding the budget reductions.

The council said:

We've taken on board discussions recently among Facebook users ­­­­about the council's budget reduction proposals for 2013/14 and noted some specific comments around the perception of highly-paid staff and limited changes to back of­fice staff and benefits.

We thought you would be interested to know about some of the changes that have affected Barnsley Council staff over the last two years and further proposals that will contribute to the savings the council needs to make:

- For the last two years senior managers have had 5% less pay.

- Wage increments and inflation rises have not been made for 2 years for any staff and those at the top of their grade have received a salary reduction, equivalent to 3 days less pay per year.

- We are currently negotiating future staff terms and conditions of employment.

- Also making ongoing changes to structures and de-layering­­.

- Reviewing the senior management structure and pay for the future.

We will continue to drive forward our internal efficiency programmes, whilst at all times striving to protect our front line services. Your feedback and suggestions on areas of savings continue to be welcomed and influence our future saving proposals.

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Reply Posted by S.Siddall on Friday February 1 2013 at 15:06
They may have had 5% less pay but are still being carted around first class! What about the people who are really suffering? What about the 90 vulnerable adults your taking away the only centre of its kind in Barnsley!they don't get any comfort from what you have said.vulnerable people and young people always lose out! Rant over.

Reply Posted by maggie may on Friday February 1 2013 at 16:07
it doesn.t matter how much less pay senior management are recieving it doesn't alter the fact that once again you are taking away from the most vunerable people of barnsley.how many less pay days will it work out at when youv'e finished driving the most vunerable into the ground

Reply Posted by James on Friday February 1 2013 at 17:27
S.Siddall's comment is true. Cuts may be made on wages which is fair enough, but id have though 3 days wages saves no where near as much as cutting "luxuries at work" such as travel costs, meeting costs... etc So rather than cutting individual wages, why not make it fair and make savings on how much you spend on travel, and catering for meetings, and things like that, atleast then you are not targeting individuals. But nice to see things are going on behind the scenes ( my dad works high up in council planning and things are bad i know, he nearly lost his job) ALSO.... A suggestion for a saving would be (not sure about anyone else) But a lot of the Recycle bins around my area s70 6... seem to be half full when they are emptied :S so maybe collect the black bin once every 2 weeks, and the recycle bins once every 3 weeks? that would save some cash over the course of a year surely? and people would need to just be more careful with wastefulness, or you could not make such a big deal over the bins being a bit over full on occasions and collect them every 3 weeks? Just a suggestion, anything along the lines of cutting back but NOT removing services, to the effect that wouldn't bring many consequences would be good (such as collecting recycle bins once every 3 weeks). I think people would appreciate cuts on things like that... to know that you were saving from cutting other services people depend on, at the end of the day who minds a bit of extra clean cardboard build up? its hardly a bug bear to help from losing something more important... Hope you read this and take on board and think about some more solutions... other than the 100 million pound redevelopment of the town centre and the town hall car park, in the toughest 5-10 year period we will have ever seen.....(although i know it will help bring more money in... i hope anyway)

Reply Posted by karen on Monday February 4 2013 at 11:17
Well said James.

Reply Posted by lyndon on Friday February 1 2013 at 17:44
Glad you've got that off your chest

Reply Posted by THE NAKED GARDENER on Friday February 1 2013 at 18:37
i work hard in my frontline job and im losing my job as have hundreds more front line workers how many managers and senior managers have gone not many.and as i am a frontline work i deal with everything from garden clearence to litter picking to removeing traveller mess dead animals to gritting i do everything and now areas are getting bigger with less men to do more work. so our leaders decided we should do more hours for time off in winter as overtime. our councillor leader want to privatised bmbc he say he doesnt but he does he hired a new chief excecutive who on £150k a year who privatised part of warrington council. if privatised money will leave barnsley and barnsley will be worst off

Reply Posted by adele on Friday February 1 2013 at 18:46
i definatley do not agree with the suggestion of bins being emptied every 3 weeks (any of them) its bad enough every 2 weeks and then i still end up taking extra to the dump. We pay enough in council tax to justify bins being emptied every 2 week. If your bins not full dont put it out.

Reply Posted by madbitch on Friday February 1 2013 at 20:02
Thys all been shafted lol! And lyndon ur mint! Lol

Reply Posted by joshy on Friday February 1 2013 at 21:58
cynical about how the council have phrased these points. could they have also had a reduction in hours in return for any loss or freeze in pay. if salary is frozen or reduced there are other ways to compensate such as increase in allowances.

council union rep on radio other week outraged bout proposed change in t&c enabling 5 day out of 7 working, going on about a part time worker on 8.5k and it not being a living wage. when it was pointed out it was 30k prorata for a relatively unskilled job the union guy still wouldnt have any.

put the council executive function out to tender to save money

Reply Posted by carl on Saturday February 2 2013 at 14:02
good of magistrates to take a pay cut as fines pay there wages ?? if we trained pensioners to be magistrates as volentiers we wouldnt av to pay anyone ??also the council cant be that hard up with all the £11 a week for each extra bedroom u rent especialy when theres no one bedroom flats or homes available in barnsley weve all been stitched up again

Reply Posted by Eric Bailey on Sunday February 3 2013 at 18:17
Make the councilors pay for parking and make it that they can't claim it back on their expenses. Why can't the council advertise on the vehicles and raise revenue that way.

Reply Posted by Chris on Monday February 4 2013 at 11:10
Bit concerend that James has been going through peoples bins.

Reply Posted by Karen on Monday February 4 2013 at 11:25
When the cupboards empty, you refill your cupboard before you buy nice shiny new things for your house,especially when times are hard...
Come-on BC, fill your cupboards and do right by your people... and stop buying nice shiny things !!!!!

Reply Posted by Tom on Monday February 4 2013 at 11:28
I don't think the highest paid person in the council should be earning anything above 7 times more than the lowest paid staff. So if the lowest paid staff are on £11k, the highest paid member of staff should at the most be earning £77k. If the council are taking people on apprenticeships of £5.5k, then the highest paid member of staff should have his pay cut to £33.5k. If they are taking people on, on workfare, then fire every single member of staff and close the council down. People will soon form co-ops to provide their own services.

Reply Posted by Disgusted on Monday February 4 2013 at 13:01
This will make life extremely hard for the people living on minimum benefits ..How the hell can they be expected to find 11% of the rent charge when they can only just about manage now ..DISGRACEFUL

Reply Posted by tina on Monday February 4 2013 at 21:35
ive worked for the council for many years now as one of the lowest paid workers and am sick to the back teeth of having our wages froze the price of everything is going up cant afford to stay warm in the winter keep diesel in my car or any of the day to day things we need but our wages are staying the same maybe them that are at the top should live like us at the bottom for a month see how they manage

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