UNISON Coventry City branch would like to acknowledge the appreciation shown by the City Councils leadership and management teams for the efforts staff members have made to achieve progress in Children’s Services. The significant improvement, reflected in Ofsted’s judgement, has been achieved against a background of government austerity measures through the hard work and dedication of our members.
As the lead trade union in the City Council we are all too aware that our members have shouldered increased levels of responsibility and workplace pressure to support the needs of children and families in our city.
Dawn Palmer-Ward (UNISON Corporate Representative ) said
“The role of social work professionals has been undermined year upon year by public sector cuts which has led to massively increased workloads with an ever diminishing resource. UNISON will continue to challenge austerity measures that impact so negatively in the lives of the most vulnerable in our city and support our member undertaking their much valued role.”
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Coventry City UNISON has responded with deep concern to the recent ‘Connecting Communities’ proposals from the City Council. UNISON believes proposals will severely impact specific groups of Coventry residents such as children, older people and black and minority ethnic origin (BAME) people. It is unclear how the proposed ‘transformation models’ are sustainable ways to deliver crucial services. People will lose access to local facilities – with many older people and children not having the ability to visit a library within easy distance of their home. Those losing face to face access to local libraries to learn and use a computer could be seriously disadvantaged in their ability to receive crucial services as they are increasingly being delivered via IT dominated facilities in Coventry city centre.
UNISON Branch Secretary, Sarah Feeney, states ‘this proposal could have a disastrous effect on young people in our city. We will cease to deliver meaningful services to most young people. It is imperative that the remaining provision should be strengthened and not cut’.
The documents themselves are opaque. It is of great concern that there are so many questions still left unanswered. In some cases, these are large fundamental questions such as what the service will look like and which partners are involved? UNISON believes that this proposal should be withdrawn and that the consultation should be done when a clear model of what will happen is available to be consulted upon. For copies of our full response visit our website.
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Monday 27th October 2014
For Immediate release
Coventry City Council is currently considering ceasing being a direct provider of care and support to citizens. A report posted on their website on 9th September (page 24) reveals the council is undertaking work to “understand the costs and benefits” of ceasing to provide a number of services. These services include
- the promoting independent living service(PILS)
- Day Opportunities for adults with dementia or learning difficulties
- Transport (associated with internally provided services)
- Housing with Care (currently 11 locations in the city)
- Residential Care
- Integrated Community Equipment services (providing specialist equipment and aids)
The authority expect this move will reduce the overall cost of social care but could see the loss of in excess of 500 jobs from the council not including the knock on effect on support services to these areas.
UNISON Coventry District Branch, whose motto is “for public service not private profit” is concerned about the impact of these forthcoming decisions upon their members their jobs and the quality services they provide to the most vulnerable in the city. Consistently the impact of local authority budget cuts falls upon the most vulnerable in our communities and those on the lowest pay. The report also highlights the vital role libraries are to play as part of the social care support provision in the city in delivering information and advice, yet this week it was revealed that Libraries also face closure.
Dawn Palmer-Ward, UNISON Corporate Representative for the People Directorate said
“citizens of Coventry need to be aware of the discussions currently taking place within the city council that will have a drastic impact on the services they rely on. Our members’ jobs aren’t the only things at risk when services are run for profit or cease to run at all. It is of particular concern that yet again low paid female workers are likely to bear the brunt of the local authorities drive to balance the budget.”
Notes to editors
The report can be found via the following link