SLC over­time bill set to be cut

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are ex­pected to take steps to re­duce their over­time bill - by em­ploy­ing nearly 30 more staff.

Coun­cil­lors on an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee are to­day, Wed­nes­day, set to rub­ber­stamp ar­range­ments that would cut the amount they pay in pre­mium over­time by £500,000 each year.

A re­port will tell mem­bers the au­thor­ity paid nearly £10.3mil­lion in over­time pay in the fi­nan­cial year 2014/15.

The vast bulk of that was in so­cial work and com­mu­nity re­sources, which ac­counted for just un­der £8m of the fig­ure.

A fur­ther £1.9m was paid out to work­ers in hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources with more mod­est amounts in ed­u­ca­tion and fi­nance.

As part of the sav­ings pack­age for 2016/17, the coun­cil con­ducted a re­view of pre­mium over­time pay in part­ner­ship with trade unions, to “iden­tify rea­sons for over­time and ways in which over­time could be re­duced.”

The coun­cil will now look to em­ployee part time and sea­sonal staff to save money across com­mu­nity, so­cial work and hous­ing re­sources.

Among the new roles will be six part-time jan­i­tor posts and 12 part-time, sea­sonal main­te­nance posts on the coun­cil’s golf cour­ses.

Va­can­cies in so­cial work will be filled and fur­ther re­views will be used to stream­line pro­cesses.

All three re­sources will con­tinue to work to re­duce over­time buy bring­ing in a pi­lot of flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments, training cur­rent staff to re­duce the need for over­time or sub-con­tract work and re­view­ing work prac­tices.

They will also be told to look at al­ter­na­tive ways of de­liv­er­ing ser­vices dur­ing nor­mal work­ing hours.

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