Join us at Communities Overview & Scrutiny Panel tomorrow, Tuesday 28th Jan, 6:30pm Maidenhead Town Hall
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Focus, for me, is on Budget savings as shown below
Budget £639,000 – Propose Saving £180,000
Efficiency Description – Refocus Community Wardens on problem solving, achieving staff savings
Review and adjust the overall tasking of the Community Wardens to reflect the current priorities of the Council, to reduce the total number of Wardens who will cover all the aspects of the Wardens responsibilities.
Budget £2,004,000 – Proposed Saving £220,000
Efficiency Description – Focus customer service in Windsor at Windsor Library Increase the use of 24/7 digital options on the council website. Align Library opening hours to service demand. Align call centre opening hours to service demand
Staffing provision was increased in order to provide the customer facing RBWM services from York House. Moving back into the Library will provide economies of scale, allowing for a reduction in staffing. Encourage more 24/7 digital interaction with the council through its website, providing residents, businesses and visitors with easy access at a time that suits them. This will enable the council to deliver services more efficiently and reduce officer time and cost. Propose reducing library opening hours by 123 per week following detailed analysis of current usage. This includes Sunday opening, alternative delivery in Woodlands Park and Eton (Mobile/Container) and other reductions, subject to public consultation. Reduce Contact Centre operating hours to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9-5 and Wednesday 10-5. This means weekends and evenings (5-7pm) will cease. While it is hoped that staff reductions may be achieved through negotiation with staff these proposals will require a change to contracted hours resulting in staff being put at risk and a redundancy consultation undertaken. Vacancies and reduced casual hours will mitigate some of the impact on staff wherever possible.
Budget £74,000 – Proposed Saving £74,000
Efficiency Description – Removal of PCSO funding
New national funding has been awarded to Police Services to increase staffing resources. Discussion with local Police Area Commander commenced November 2019 to remove this LA funding for Policing roles.
Budget £45,000 – Proposed Saving £33,000
Efficiency Description – WAM Get Involved support
This will cease the current SLA with local voluntary coordinators to reduce their role, there will still be scope for those interested in volunteering to be signposted to volunteering opportunities through a single central route via the Borough’s revised website Know Your neighbourhood facility, going live later in 2020.
Budget £8,000 – Proposed Saving £8,000
Efficiency Description – STRIVE
Support for new support initiatives, to be provided by local Housing Association and to return focus for support to Department of Work and Pension, and Job Centre Plus, who have the statutory role to support in this area.
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