Ten Green Bottles

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    Anonymous
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    In the last month I have lost 3 good assessors who have moved to pastures new because there is no longer any future in housing benefit. Admittedly two are also getting an immediate pay rise with our local LSVT landlord (thanks guys!) but one has transferred internally. I have also had two others apply for internal vacancies. It’s always the brightest and best of course and it is so depressing. Everything we have built up, all the training we have invested, is falling down around my ears. If this UC doesn’t materialise on time (some hope I hear you say) it will all have been for nothing. I just don’t have the energy and enthusiasm to train up new staff – for what? But the service still has to be maintained. :((

    Anybody else?

    #109377
    Anonymous
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    Yeah we’re dropping like flies here people are leaving and not getting replaced. I reckon we’ve lost 7 or 8 members of staff this year with not 1 replaced.

    The workload and expectations are not going down though.

    It would be an understatement to say morale is pretty low in the place and everyone has a lot of work to do.

    Its only going to get worse though isn’t it?

    #109393
    RobBox
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    Chris ……it’s Friday, glass of wine time, feet up and pick a sizzling novel to get lost in. No not the Consultation Paper!! 😉

    #109443
    Darren Tompkins
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    About 8 left under voluntary early termination in April, 5 more offered posts in the last month, and several more applying. UC is not really the problem though – many Council depts are filling vacancies created due to VET, and there are a lot of easier jobs than benefits within the Council for equal or more pay. We are also finding it harder to recruit as cannot advertise externally yet, but all the good people are going for said easier jobs.

    I can’t blame people for leaving. Benefits is stressful, very complicated, always changing, and now has the added uncertainty of the UC time frame. I know if I was in their shows I would be considering my options. However, according to management we have always had backlogs and high staff turnover, so we will pull through like we have in the past. I’m trying to be optimistic, but it’s hard.

    #109454
    Anonymous
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    Not just Welfare Reform that poses a threat but the need for councils to find economies.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-14448973

    #109456
    nickkeogh
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    Do you think there is any chance of a moratorium on the use of the word “robust” in practically every government/local government/business press release or statement?

    #109461
    bulledl
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    They’ll just say “vigorous” or “uncompromising” instead…..when perhaps “wobbly” or “unsteady” might be better suited

    #109468
    Anonymous
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    I would rather they stopped using the word fair…..

    #109496
    Anonymous
    Guest

    and since when was Lord Hutton “Independent”?

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