As the new administration on Redditch Borough Council we have been hard at work trying to bring financial balance to the books. One area that has massively overspent in the last year is around refuse collection and in particular the use of agency staff, which was only intended to plug gaps around sickness and holiday leave. The overspend was in the region of £120,000, and as we got the financial data for the current year it became apparent this overspend was continuing.

As the new administration on Redditch Borough Council we have been hard at work trying to bring financial balance to the books. One area that has massively overspent in the last year is around refuse collection and in particular the use of agency staff, which was only intended to plug gaps around sickness and holiday leave. The overspend was in the region of £120,000, and as we got the financial data for the current year it became apparent this overspend was continuing.

So the council is trying to change how things work. Gone is the spending on agency workers. Some of the regular agency workers have now been taken on to full-time contracts with the council, giving them a bit more job security and helping the council to control costs. 

How long will disruption continue?

Unfortunately, the answer to this isn’t straightforward. The council needs to change the working practices of the staff  – and apply it across two councils owing to our service being shared with Bromsgrove. This involves proper processes and consultations with staff, unions and other partners.  The sooner everyone can agree to the changes the sooner the disruption can end. 

This could mean disruption continues for weeks yet. Although the bins will all be emptied, they might not be emptied on the intended day (which is Friday in Church Hill). Any missed collections are prioritised for the next working day – Tuesday in the case of Church Hill as the service only runs from Tuesday to Friday. Residents are advised to leave their bin out until Tuesday, making sure it is kerbside by 7AM on Tuesday ready for collection.

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