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Agenda item

Applications for Early Retirement and/or Voluntary Redundancy for Council Employees


Consideration was given to the joint report of the Corporate Directors, Children and Adults Services, Regeneration and Economic Development, Neighbourhood Services and Resources, and the Human Resources Manager (for copy see file of Minutes).


Members discussed the application at paragraph 6 in the report and sought assurances that the level of service would not be detrimentally affected by the division and re-allocation of the role in future. This was a valuable professional service for employees that should not be diluted by the deletion of this post.


The Corporate Director, Resources explained to Members how the duties of the post would be allocated in future to two experienced Officers and assured Members that there would be no detriment to service delivery through careful planning. He would continue to oversee the service moving forward.


Members asked that the Officer be thanked for the valuable service and support she had provided to the Committee.


Following a question from Councillor Armstrong about the employee at paragraph 3 in the report, the Committee was advised that the leaving date of 31 March 2016 reflected the new service structure which would be in place with effect from April 2016.


The comment was made by the Chairman which was endorsed by the Committee that Members were concerned for the well-being of employees in these times of austerity where difficult decisions had to be made to achieve the required MTFP savings.  




That the cases of Early Retirement and Voluntary Redundancy be noted and agreed with effect from the dates specified in the report.


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Durham County Council
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