Home support staff are staying in-house

Home support workers sent a clear message they wanted to remain as council employees
Home support workers sent a clear message they wanted to remain as council employees

Home support workers employed by North Lanarkshire Council will not see their contracts being transferred to the private sector.

The council currently employs around 1,400 care staff who provide vital services to local people.

Following budget cuts, one of the proposals to save £3.6 million being considered was to ‘TUPE transfer’ around 400 staff to a third party private provider.

During a public consultation about potential savings the public told the council this was the sixth least palatable option of the 98 listed.

The workers themselves also submitted over 15,000 letters they had collected from the public calling on the council not to take this action.

At the Housing and Social Work Services Committee yesterday (Thursday) convener Barry McCulloch announced this proposal will not be going ahead.

Councillor McCulloch said: “I am glad to announce our home care support will be remaining in-house. This was always our preferred option.

“Everyone knows what a vital job these people do to support those in need in our local communities, and I’m glad this has now been dropped.

“This has been made possible by relocating people in some of our care facilities and by vacancies arising within the service.

“We look forward to our home support staff continuing to provide an excellent service in our communities.”