Town hall staff give councillors a kicking

ONLY one in 10 council workers has any confidence in the decisions made by Calderdale councillors.

And only one in six believe they provide effective leadership, according to the latest staff survey.

The results are slightly worse than a year ago and according to experts who conducted the survey “show scope for improvement.”

Half of the council’s entire workforce answered a raft of questions, which was well up on the previous year, and their biggest concern was shown to involve a lack of job security.

“Perceptions have decreased notably, by 26 per cent since 2009, reflecting a declining confidence in a difficult period within Local Government.

“Furthermore, employees are also less positive that the council effectively

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manages change,” according the 26-page report on the survey findings compiled by ORC International.

Sixty per cent of staff are totally unaware of the council’s Fresh Start programme which was introduced by Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors when they took over running the council last May.

Among other things, it commits the council to “getting the basics right” and being more open and transparent.

Employees are most positive about their interactions with customers, 93 per cent believe they have the skills and knowledge to carry out their job effectively and 85 per cent are given the opportunity to use their initiative.

A total of 2,142 employees completed the survey and Calderdale Council Resources Panel will scrutinse the responses when it meets on Thursday, March 17.

Chairman Bryan Smith (Lab, Ovenden) said: “The views and opinions of our staff are crucial to us.

“Given the difficult time that local government is going through, the findings in the survey are not unexpected but it is only by asking our staff what they think that we can hope to improve things,” he said.