Hertfordshire County Council workers in Welwyn Garden City fear for jobs amid merger plans

PUBLISHED: 15:08 25 October 2011 | UPDATED: 15:45 25 October 2011

Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council


WORKERS employed by Hertfordshire County Council’s business services department in WGC face an uncertain future, as operations are set to merge with counterparts in Kent.

A council employee at the department, based in Mundells, emailed the WHT anonymously speaking of his job fears.

He wrote: “The Herts CC business services is moving to Kent CC but the public have not been told.”

He added: “Sorry have to be anonymous as worried about job.”

He also said workers had not been offered relocation or redundancy cash.

The county council expects the merger with Kent County Supplies to save £2m a year, which would be shared between both authorities.

Cllr David Lloyd, executive member for resources, said: “For many years the council has collaborated on procurement with Kent County Supplies (KCS), a very similar operation, to increase efficiency.

“To further improve efficiency and reduce costs, it is planned to combine the supplies operations of both organisations.”

He added: “It is proposed that Herts Business Services will undertake all warehouse and distribution functions, based at a warehouse in Mundells, WGC.

“This will result in an expansion of the existing warehouse operation and new roles in Hertfordshire.

“Kent County Council will undertake all sales, purchasing, customer services and finance at their base in West Malling.

Cllr Lloyd said the council is “currently consulting on the position of staff, in both authorities, who may be affected”.

He also conceded it was “a difficult and uncertain time” and said the council was “fully committed to supporting all staff during this transition”.

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