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At least 34 school staff made redundant by local authority

02 Jul 2024 2 minute read
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Richard EvansLocal Democracy Reporter

Dozens of school staff have taken redundancy as the cash-strapped local authority slashes costs.

A total of 34 members of school staff have left in Conwy via either voluntary or compulsory redundancy since slashing education budgets.

The authority raised council tax by 9.67% for the current financial year, while slashing front-line service budgets by 10%.

Schools were made to cut costs by 5% for the second year running. Of the 34 redundancies, five were compulsory.

The cost of the redundancies is not known.

Savings

The Local Democracy Reporting Service has asked Conwy Council to supply figures relating to the cost and savings made.

A spokeswoman for Conwy County Council said the redundancy process had now concluded.

She said: “Redundancy processes have been under way in some of our schools, which have now concluded.

“Fourteen schools concluded at voluntary stage. Three schools proceeded to compulsory stage.

“The above figures include community schools and foundation schools. We do not hold further information for the foundation schools because they are separate employers.

“The following information relates to community schools only: Number of redundancies: 34 individuals, of whom 29 took voluntary redundancy.

“The (voluntary) process covered a range of roles, job titles: Assistant Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher/Higher Level Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant/Teacher/Admin/Mid-day Supervisor.”

The spokeswoman said compulsory redundancies included staff working in teacher, teaching assistant, and admin roles.


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Frank
Frank
12 days ago

I wonder how many five or even six-figure white collar employees at the said council have been made redundant!!!

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
12 days ago

Which is why Conwy needs special assistance from the Welsh Government. Urgently!

John Woods
John Woods
11 days ago

We live in Vale of glamorgan and a local school that was Foundation status had to request authority take over to wipe out debt of over 600k . This was through financial mismanagement and improper practices as to projects. Teachers were made redundant and other staff as well. But it is wrong that we council tax payers have to bail this badly run school. These all accrue into how many people have been made to leave.

Arwyn Thomas
Arwyn Thomas
11 days ago

Well what a surprise nothing has changed for Wales worked to death wasn’t enough know it’s education Welsh not education and keeping us down as usual nothing has changed.

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