Plaid leads the way in avoiding compulsory redundancies.

14/10/2011

Plaid-led Caerphilly Council is the only one of Wales’ 22 local authorities not to introduce compulsory staff redundancies over the last three financial years.

Newly released figures show that some councils have seen hundreds of redundancies since 2008 as public services struggle to cope with increasing financial constraints.

A Freedom of Information request by BBC Wales revealed that neighbouring Labour-run Rhondda Cynon Taf had axed 312 staff at a cost to taxpayers of £7,749, 930 – or an average pay-out of £24,839, the highest in Wales.

Councillor Allan Pritchard, Plaid leader of the council said, "Caerphilly has a robust vacancy management and redeployment policy in place and this strategy has proven to be very successful to date. This has been jointly negotiated with our trade union colleagues.

"We will continue to use this policy as an effective response to the tough financial climate facing local government at the moment. This will minimise the likelihood of redundancies although we cannot guarantee that there will not be any in future as grant funding streams in particular are reduced."

“We manage efficiency savings without throwing millions of pounds at redundancies. And our residents have seen the benefit with a freeze on council tax.

“While our neighbours have spent money on redundancies, we have spent it on frontline services, even in these difficult days. We have also delivered the best recycling figures in South Wales while councilors have not seen allowances rise since Plaid won control of the authority in 2008.”

"We are rising to the challenges of the current economic climate and thanks to our sound budget management we are protecting jobs, protecting services and ensuring that Caerphilly county borough council is leading the way in Wales once again," added Councillor Colin Mann, deputy leader of the council.