Councils to save money by sharing health and safety boss

Ian Floyd

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SHARING senior health and safety staff with a neighbouring council could save York tens of thousands of pounds a year, a council report says.

The city's local authority has decided that instead of taking someone on to fill an open managerial post, it will share an employee with North Yorkshire County Council.

Ian Floyd, the council's director of customer and business support, confirmed the decision on Tuesday, in a move that could save the council almost £30,000 and help it meet stringent efficiency targets and cope with Government funding cuts over the coming years.

At the moment, the post of Health and Safety Manager at City of York Council - the head of a six person health and safety team - is empty and the department needs to find £25,000 in savings in the 2015/16 financial year.

A report by the HR department says that while it has looked into other options, the council has not found any other solution to the problem that will still attract "the right calibre of candidate" and fulfil the council's legal duties over health and safety.

In the new job sharing agreement, a joint Head of Service will be employed by North Yorkshire County Council under its terms of service, but will manage both York's six person team and an equivalent 14 person team at the county council.

City of York Council will pay 40 percent of the job's costs - around £26,000 - meaning it is set to save around £29,000 against the £55,000 it would costs to recruit and pay its own health and safety manager.

The report also says that sharing the Head of Service - a higher grade role than the previous head of health and safety at City of York Council, will improve the service in both councils' by giving them chance to share and developing best practice and will help York council meet its efficiency targets.

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11:55am Thu 21 Aug 14

BethFoxhunter96 says...

Hmm. Dodgy to me. Have CYC stopped working on half its project to enable the city to have half a H&S manager? We're talking about labourers, refuse collectors, joiners, apprentices etc who need looking after properly, not by some half-time jimmy spending most of his time on a train between Northallerton and York!! I can't see why important H&S roles would be shared, not more administrative roles like the other army of managers that regularly get talked about. I'm all for sharing and trimming the fat (mother works in the council - there are a lot of lazy people around!!) but starting with H&S seems backwards. Share infrastructure like IT, finance, HR, not H&S!
Hmm. Dodgy to me. Have CYC stopped working on half its project to enable the city to have half a H&S manager? We're talking about labourers, refuse collectors, joiners, apprentices etc who need looking after properly, not by some half-time jimmy spending most of his time on a train between Northallerton and York!! I can't see why important H&S roles would be shared, not more administrative roles like the other army of managers that regularly get talked about. I'm all for sharing and trimming the fat (mother works in the council - there are a lot of lazy people around!!) but starting with H&S seems backwards. Share infrastructure like IT, finance, HR, not H&S! BethFoxhunter96
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1:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jaycee says...

Beth-I don't think calling your mother a lazy council worker is the right thing to air in public.No tea for you tonight !!
Beth-I don't think calling your mother a lazy council worker is the right thing to air in public.No tea for you tonight !! jaycee
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4:21pm Thu 21 Aug 14

TheTruthHurts says...

You ever watch 'Catfish: The TV show' Beth?
You ever watch 'Catfish: The TV show' Beth? TheTruthHurts
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12:27pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Mr Trellis says...

His first job should to report on the wisdom of having 18st cyclists slaloming past the Minster at 25 mph whilst carefree tourists take photos in what look like a safe paved area
His first job should to report on the wisdom of having 18st cyclists slaloming past the Minster at 25 mph whilst carefree tourists take photos in what look like a safe paved area Mr Trellis
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