Road delay helped council to
A DELAY to a Wigan road project helped council leaders stump up the cash to resolve an NHS workers’ dispute, the town hall has revealed.
Wigan council intervened last week with staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust (WWL) taking strike action over plans to outsource 900 jobs.
The town hall brokered a deal – understood to be around £2m – that satisfied both the trust’s management and the Unison trade union.
The sides had been locked in a row over proposals to transfer catering, cleaning and porter roles to a new arms-length company WWL Solutions.
It has now been revealed that the cash-strapped local authority – which by 2020 will have had its budget cut by £160m over 10 years – found the funds from its capital programme, aided by the A49 link road project being ‘pushed back’.
Works on the road link scheme have started this year, although the original tendering process concluded in 2015.
As a result of the hold-up, finance chiefs have now factored a proportion of the outlay into upcoming budgets, leaving previously earmarked funds available.
Coun David Molyneux, leader of