Herefordshire Council offers £500 a day job

Herefordshire Council offers £500 a day job

Herefordshire Council offers £500 a day job

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A £500 a day job is on offer with the Herefordshire Council service struggling to make huge savings and facing an overspend of close to £4m.

The same department is also offering a job on £425 a day, with the positions running until October.

National recruiting agency BRC has been approached by the council to find two temporary senior managers in adult social care.

An interim head of service gets up to £500 a day, and an interim commissioning lead up to £425 a day. As advertised, the head of service would work with the director of  adult wellbeing and the existing head of adult operations to support the directorate's 2014 "transformation" plan.

A key responsibility for the commissioning lead is pitched as promoting the "personalisation" of services enabling clients to do " as much for themselves as they can".

With its spiralling cost year-on-year, adult social care has long been the council's biggest budget challenge and the service is undergoing unprecedented changes in provision to meet savings targets.

The adult well-being directorate, of which adult social care is a part, currently reports an over spend of £3.9m - or £550k worse than the position reported in September - with savings slipping or not being able to be delivered.

Within the approved budget of £54m, savings of £8.3m were planned, of which £7.1m relates to
adult social care. Some £2.3m of those savings are said to be at risk - all within adult social care.
The directorate is continuing  to review where further savings can be found this year to cover the shortfall.

Some £900k in savings found in the economy, communities and corporate directorate will be transferred to adult well-being in 2014-15 on top of the £300k already transferred.

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12:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

Of course! Halleluzah! Lord be praised. Another cost cutting excercise that involves the creation of two jobs on salaries I'd strangle my wife for.
Goodness! The slime keep coming. Bloody hell!
I mean, when you are fiscally knackered, down to your last hundred thousand, bereft of any will to continue and your only hope is to dig up some Saxon Gold very quickly, what do the Council do?
Bloody create two jobs for the fat and the bloated who'll be sure to milk our udder dry and bite our teat off, chew it up and spit it back toward my fat face.
Sweet Lord above. How on earth did we arrive in this place that see's basic, simple and straightforward economics completely ignored and replaced with this strange 'borrowing millions is good' logic that our Council are following.
Surely, we cannot continue like this?
Of course! Halleluzah! Lord be praised. Another cost cutting excercise that involves the creation of two jobs on salaries I'd strangle my wife for. Goodness! The slime keep coming. Bloody hell! I mean, when you are fiscally knackered, down to your last hundred thousand, bereft of any will to continue and your only hope is to dig up some Saxon Gold very quickly, what do the Council do? Bloody create two jobs for the fat and the bloated who'll be sure to milk our udder dry and bite our teat off, chew it up and spit it back toward my fat face. Sweet Lord above. How on earth did we arrive in this place that see's basic, simple and straightforward economics completely ignored and replaced with this strange 'borrowing millions is good' logic that our Council are following. Surely, we cannot continue like this? bobby47
  • Score: 36

1:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Hereford Voice says...

It's a complete joke!
It's a complete joke! Hereford Voice
  • Score: 15

1:40pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Here we go yet again, what incomppidence we are told that cuts have to be made, council tax increase now they are offering £500 per day for someone probably made redundant recently.
As I have said before the council needs to be taken over as in special measures.
Here we go yet again, what incomppidence we are told that cuts have to be made, council tax increase now they are offering £500 per day for someone probably made redundant recently. As I have said before the council needs to be taken over as in special measures. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 23

2:00pm Tue 21 Jan 14

silentbull2 says...

The whole governing system needs changing

NOW- most people who are lucky enough to have these 'jobs' that pay millions (including the politicians) have not got no idea whatsoever on how 'most'(the public) people live

And it's just going to get worse!!
The more they get paid the more separated they become
The whole governing system needs changing NOW- most people who are lucky enough to have these 'jobs' that pay millions (including the politicians) have not got no idea whatsoever on how 'most'(the public) people live And it's just going to get worse!! The more they get paid the more separated they become silentbull2
  • Score: 16

2:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

Well for once, I agree with Mr Herefordian. He's right. This isn't a silly badly thought out suggestion designed to shock. It's perfectly sensible to now consider this option. A period in Special Measures would begin the beginning of the recovery that is now needed to rebalance the relationship between 'us' and 'them'. The 'us' being their ratepayers, or as they love to describe us, their 'service users' and the 'them' being the hierarchy of the Council that, despite the new fiscal reality, fail to grasp what is required to aid our medium and long term economic recovery.
For whatever reason, and I've no idea why it is, the Council are able to do whatever they want to do and have no concerns about the impact their behaviour has upon their reputations and personal integrity. In short, we are nothing more than 'worker ants' and our role is to feed and fuel this disfunctional model of public service.
Things must change!
Well for once, I agree with Mr Herefordian. He's right. This isn't a silly badly thought out suggestion designed to shock. It's perfectly sensible to now consider this option. A period in Special Measures would begin the beginning of the recovery that is now needed to rebalance the relationship between 'us' and 'them'. The 'us' being their ratepayers, or as they love to describe us, their 'service users' and the 'them' being the hierarchy of the Council that, despite the new fiscal reality, fail to grasp what is required to aid our medium and long term economic recovery. For whatever reason, and I've no idea why it is, the Council are able to do whatever they want to do and have no concerns about the impact their behaviour has upon their reputations and personal integrity. In short, we are nothing more than 'worker ants' and our role is to feed and fuel this disfunctional model of public service. Things must change! bobby47
  • Score: 19

3:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

And it goes on and on and on. It's relentless. The Council now want a bloody passionate person to become Head of Learning and Achievement on a salary of nearly sixty five thousand quid a year plus, a Market Forces Supplement whatever that bloody well is
Good grief! As soon as I saw that word, bloody 'passionate' the vein in my neck began to bulge,I took a long hard drag upon my hand rolled cigarette, screamed, 'bloody Council' , threw back my head and said to the wife, 'give me that bloody keyboard before I burst like a balloon'.
Bloody passionate! I'd love to get an interview for that little slice of pleasure. I'd bloody rush through that door and show him or her how passionate I could be to get my hands on their Market Forces Supplement. I'd show them passion. After their encounter with me they'd be less likely to ask for passionate applicants. More than likely they'd think more about it and ask to interview people who were sane and didn't have a bloody frying pan in their hands. Bloody Council!
And it goes on and on and on. It's relentless. The Council now want a bloody passionate person to become Head of Learning and Achievement on a salary of nearly sixty five thousand quid a year plus, a Market Forces Supplement whatever that bloody well is Good grief! As soon as I saw that word, bloody 'passionate' the vein in my neck began to bulge,I took a long hard drag upon my hand rolled cigarette, screamed, 'bloody Council' , threw back my head and said to the wife, 'give me that bloody keyboard before I burst like a balloon'. Bloody passionate! I'd love to get an interview for that little slice of pleasure. I'd bloody rush through that door and show him or her how passionate I could be to get my hands on their Market Forces Supplement. I'd show them passion. After their encounter with me they'd be less likely to ask for passionate applicants. More than likely they'd think more about it and ask to interview people who were sane and didn't have a bloody frying pan in their hands. Bloody Council! bobby47
  • Score: 11

10:15pm Tue 21 Jan 14

probono says...

This is less than they spent on the legal people they hired in a year or two ago.
While officers in some departments are having to re=apply for their jobs or possibly lose their jobs, we have this . The world is truly turned upside down.
I have to ask why the elected members let this go on.
Perhaps a few brave sould among them might come on here and explain their viewpoint on this.
This is less than they spent on the legal people they hired in a year or two ago. While officers in some departments are having to re=apply for their jobs or possibly lose their jobs, we have this . The world is truly turned upside down. I have to ask why the elected members let this go on. Perhaps a few brave sould among them might come on here and explain their viewpoint on this. probono
  • Score: 9

10:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

I agree with Probono. Why can't our elected leaders grasp this stinging nettle, challenge the Council hierarchy and bring about a change in the way they go about business?
For my part, Im sick of being 'me'. It's no easy task tapping away at this keyboard complaining about the madness that has completely overwhelmed any commonsense that might once have existed beneath the Council umbrella.
These are important democratic issues and I do believe that our elected leaders should pick up the slack and start taking a proactive approach, start
lifting up a few stones and shine some light onto some of the worrying ways our funds are being spent by the few at the top of the Council foodchain.
I agree with Probono. Why can't our elected leaders grasp this stinging nettle, challenge the Council hierarchy and bring about a change in the way they go about business? For my part, Im sick of being 'me'. It's no easy task tapping away at this keyboard complaining about the madness that has completely overwhelmed any commonsense that might once have existed beneath the Council umbrella. These are important democratic issues and I do believe that our elected leaders should pick up the slack and start taking a proactive approach, start lifting up a few stones and shine some light onto some of the worrying ways our funds are being spent by the few at the top of the Council foodchain. bobby47
  • Score: 9

11:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Of course, as well as £925 a day to these two 'transformers' there will be a hefty commission to the Cardiff based BRC - more money leaving the County.
Of course, as well as £925 a day to these two 'transformers' there will be a hefty commission to the Cardiff based BRC - more money leaving the County. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 9

10:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

WYSIATI says...

What you are seeing here is part of what's eating the heart out of council services. Interim staff - bought in via agencies. Some good and some rubbish.

Very attractive to some - don't like it when the heat comes on - try interiming for a while - lots of money up front and if it gets a bit tough there are those who bail out.

For lots of people it seems like a good deal.

The bigger picture is not about Herefordshire paying for interim staff - if you can't get the permanent staff you need someone to do the job. The scandal is that there is no limit to it and no counter - you (we) are held to ransom by the interims and the agencies. Costs are not so much more (there's no sick leave, no holiday pay, no pension, no NI paid by the employer) - the trouble is the lack of loyalty, the ease with which people come and go as they please.

Put a time limit on it - no one takes a post that can be permanent for more than 3 months say.

Also make sure the responsibility for any problems is on the individual or the agency - you can't just waltz in screw up and wander off - get it wrong and the council comes back after you or the agency. That would shift the cost and risk on to the interim/agency where it should be - and make them buy insurance and take training seriously.

Of course you only really fix the problem by getting good people to work full time - and who would want to do that when you get ridiculed, abused and denigrated. We can't expect the best people to be lining up to do these jobs given the grief they get.

Send your complaints to Michael Gove and his Eton educated colleagues.
What you are seeing here is part of what's eating the heart out of council services. Interim staff - bought in via agencies. Some good and some rubbish. Very attractive to some - don't like it when the heat comes on - try interiming for a while - lots of money up front and if it gets a bit tough there are those who bail out. For lots of people it seems like a good deal. The bigger picture is not about Herefordshire paying for interim staff - if you can't get the permanent staff you need someone to do the job. The scandal is that there is no limit to it and no counter - you (we) are held to ransom by the interims and the agencies. Costs are not so much more (there's no sick leave, no holiday pay, no pension, no NI paid by the employer) - the trouble is the lack of loyalty, the ease with which people come and go as they please. Put a time limit on it - no one takes a post that can be permanent for more than 3 months say. Also make sure the responsibility for any problems is on the individual or the agency - you can't just waltz in screw up and wander off - get it wrong and the council comes back after you or the agency. That would shift the cost and risk on to the interim/agency where it should be - and make them buy insurance and take training seriously. Of course you only really fix the problem by getting good people to work full time - and who would want to do that when you get ridiculed, abused and denigrated. We can't expect the best people to be lining up to do these jobs given the grief they get. Send your complaints to Michael Gove and his Eton educated colleagues. WYSIATI
  • Score: 9

11:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

JollyJesterTwo says...

Crazeee! I'd round up all the council officers and councillors, put them on a barge on the Wye and point them down the river out of the county, country and sail them to Australia, the same place we used to send petty criminals.
Crazeee! I'd round up all the council officers and councillors, put them on a barge on the Wye and point them down the river out of the county, country and sail them to Australia, the same place we used to send petty criminals. JollyJesterTwo
  • Score: 3

11:57am Thu 23 Jan 14

walter b says...

BLOODY COUNCIL they are nothing but **** lets all get rid of them
BLOODY COUNCIL they are nothing but **** lets all get rid of them walter b
  • Score: 3

12:07pm Thu 23 Jan 14

walter b says...

IN my opinion the whole off Hereford councillors are not worth £945 a week never mind 2 jobs at £945 a day
IN my opinion the whole off Hereford councillors are not worth £945 a week never mind 2 jobs at £945 a day walter b
  • Score: 6

6:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

makeithappen says...

This is the tip of a very big ice berg. During recent consultations front line staff lost their jobs in an effort to save money. Departments saw admin staff reduced which you would think would amount to a saving. Sorry you would be wrong in one department nearly every member of staff had a wage increase some going from a grade 5 to a grade 8. Management tears were increased in several teams and some managers went from a grade 8 to a grade 10! What planet are these idiots on they really haven't got a clue! Today the decision to close Franklin House Customer Services was discussed and I'm guessing they approved it! Why? because the very managers who approved those wage increases told them it was a good idea! Cabinet are told Customer Services can be conducted through digital channels it's important to save Libraires and sacrifice everything else! People need books! Doesn't the one argument cancel the other one out? How many people still read books in a paper format? Doesn't everyone own an android capable of downloading books? If not now in a few years time they will and we will have poured everything into saving Libraires purely because the Council are afraid of a judicial review! I don't want to see the demise of Libraires but their reasoning is flawed and out dated!
This is the tip of a very big ice berg. During recent consultations front line staff lost their jobs in an effort to save money. Departments saw admin staff reduced which you would think would amount to a saving. Sorry you would be wrong in one department nearly every member of staff had a wage increase some going from a grade 5 to a grade 8. Management tears were increased in several teams and some managers went from a grade 8 to a grade 10! What planet are these idiots on they really haven't got a clue! Today the decision to close Franklin House Customer Services was discussed and I'm guessing they approved it! Why? because the very managers who approved those wage increases told them it was a good idea! Cabinet are told Customer Services can be conducted through digital channels it's important to save Libraires and sacrifice everything else! People need books! Doesn't the one argument cancel the other one out? How many people still read books in a paper format? Doesn't everyone own an android capable of downloading books? If not now in a few years time they will and we will have poured everything into saving Libraires purely because the Council are afraid of a judicial review! I don't want to see the demise of Libraires but their reasoning is flawed and out dated! makeithappen
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Fri 24 Jan 14

M M says...

This is disgusting to increase Council Tax then pay £925 a day to two employees. How can this salary be justified in a Rural County like Herefordshire, where the wages are below the national average?
This is disgusting to increase Council Tax then pay £925 a day to two employees. How can this salary be justified in a Rural County like Herefordshire, where the wages are below the national average? M M
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Everywhere says...

More on the HCC website !!

The director of adult wellbeing at Herefordshire Council has backed a recruitment drive that offers to pay up to £500 a day for two interim management posts in adult social care.

The council has to make savings in adult social care against a backdrop of new legislation and changing health services, all of which focus on changing the landscape in this area of work. This means the local authority is expected to provide better quality services, more choice and control for people and at the same time, deal with the pressure that elderly people admitted to hospital put on the health service.




National recruitment agency BRC, has been asked by the council to find two temporary suitably qualified and experienced managers to deliver the transformation work needed to achieve this.

Backing the recruitment drive, Helen Coombes, director for adult wellbeing, said: “In Herefordshire, we have already made significant savings by restructuring, changing our processes and reviewing what we pay for services. But we need to do more.
More on the HCC website !! The director of adult wellbeing at Herefordshire Council has backed a recruitment drive that offers to pay up to £500 a day for two interim management posts in adult social care. The council has to make savings in adult social care against a backdrop of new legislation and changing health services, all of which focus on changing the landscape in this area of work. This means the local authority is expected to provide better quality services, more choice and control for people and at the same time, deal with the pressure that elderly people admitted to hospital put on the health service. National recruitment agency BRC, has been asked by the council to find two temporary suitably qualified and experienced managers to deliver the transformation work needed to achieve this. Backing the recruitment drive, Helen Coombes, director for adult wellbeing, said: “In Herefordshire, we have already made significant savings by restructuring, changing our processes and reviewing what we pay for services. But we need to do more. Everywhere
  • Score: 0

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