385 staff who deliver services to the most vulnerable in our community will be put at risk of redundancy and services to Older People, People with Learning Disabilities and Adults with Mental Health problems will be slashed under plans put forward by the two consultants running Sefton New Directions (a Sefton Council owned limited company).
Plans presented to UNISON in Sefton will see the end of Day Care and threats also to Respite services as well as Housing Based Support Services and Re-enablement. These are all services enjoyed by the most vulnerable residents of Sefton.
Sefton UNISON Branch Secretary, Glen Williams, responded angrily saying ‘Our Members are low paid and have already taken a 10% cut in pay as well as a cut to their holidays whilst working harder to cover for the many staff that have left – and all to protect the company. While the low paid staff work harder for less, highly paid consultants, costing nearly £30,000 for a 3-day week, have failed to bring in any new work or funding and some senior managers have even taken a pay rise – this is immoral and economic folly.’ Mr Williams added ‘A society is judged by the way it looks after the most vulnerable – Sefton will be abandoning those least able to look after themselves and UNISON says enough is enough.’
Urgent meetings have been called by UNISON with the Company, the Council and the staff to try and find alternatives to these drastic measures and all residents of Sefton will be urged by the trade union to join them in helping to save these crucial services.