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There seems to be a potential fight for Children's Services in the city as the Council announced it would be prefering a Children's Trust today. (17/01/17).

Cabinet member for children, families and schools Cllr Brigid Jones backed the option. She wants a Wholly Owned Company (WOC) to take on the role and says that it will not be run  for private gain.

She said: “The Trust will have its own board and management team to ensure operational independence and a single focus on children’s care, and we will look to build in strong staff engagement including a role in governance arrangements.

“The next step in the process (if approved by cabinet) is that a shadow Trust will start running from April this year to ensure that everything that needs to be in place when the full Trust begins work, is actually in place and that the Trust  can work fully from day one."

However, this is not a done deal yet and there are concerns for staff's terms and conditions and impact on the children.  Also of great concern is how this would operate in reality. 

In Sandwell they have also formed a Trust for Children's Services but as reported in the Sandwell Chronicle (02/12/16) staff conditions of employment have been forced to change against the will of the council.

"The report also states that council employees moving to the trust will be subject to a TUPE transfer which was not the council’s preferred option.

We held extensive negotiations with the DfE’s appointed commissioner (Malcolm Newsam) and made it clear that we wanted our staff to be seconded to the trust,” Councillor Hackett said.

“However, the commissioner has been clear that he is unable to recommend this option to the (government) minister.

The fear is that such a scenario could play out in Birmingham.

For the complete article in the Sandwell Chronicle see here.

 

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There will be a meeting for ALL Unison members , especially those affected by the establishment of a Children's Trust.

The issue will be whether to support the establioshment of a Children's Trust?

The meeting willl be on Monday 9th January  at UNISON , McClaren Building, 46 The Prory Queensway Birmingham B4 7LR. 

There will be 3 sessions and you will need to book a space and say which session you would like to attend.

10.30-12 noon , 1-2.30pm , 3-4.30pm

CALL US ON -200 -3331

Speakers will be Paul Bell (national officer with repsonsibility for Trusts and Mutuals), Matt Egan ( national officer with responsibility for socail care) , Jim Board (Doncaster branch) , Louise Harrisen-Powis (Sandwell)

It will eb an oppurnity to hear more about the national picture. Birmingham proposals will be discussed.UNISON can answer TUPE questions.

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