‘A disastrous way to manage people’

Argyll and Bute Council is trying to bridge a budget gap predicted to be between �21.7m and �26m.

Argyll and Bute Council is trying to bridge a budget gap predicted to be between �21.7m and �26m.

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Argyll and Bute Council has been accused of treating its staff in a “disastrous” fashion over controversial proposals to slash jobs and services.

Members of Bute Community Council this week expressed concerns on several fronts about the impact of the 146 suggested savings options - including getting rid of the full-time equivalent of 72 additional support needs (ASN) assistants - in the authority’s ‘Service Choices’ programme.

BCC member Ray Beverley said: “My wife is an ASN assistant. She was called in a month ago and told ‘we’re going to have to make cuts - we don’t know any more than that, we will tell you in February’.

“That’s a disastrous way to manage people, and whoever decided to do it that way should be shot.”

* More on the Service Choices programme in the October 30 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.