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  • "'Councillor John Campion, cabinet member for transformation and commissioning, said: "We have a very good property services team which has supported this council for a very long time."'

    Yes and the fact that the Property dept would be farmed out has been known for a long time John. In 2013, people who worked for the County Council were the only ones allowed to apply for Council jobs. I was advised that if I applied for a job in Property, I should be aware that the dept would not be staying and my job would not be safe.

    Do the public actually know what will happen when Property services are sold? The impact will be massive- especially for schools and children.

    WCC, is being sold down the river, along with residents of the county, and Worcester itself, because the new Chief Exec refuses to fight the govt cuts because she got this job because she accepted that she would have to CUT jobs and SERVICES for Worcester residents.
    Shame on Claire Marchant and shame on the Tories for failing to address the concerns of normal middle and working class people."
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Council hands in-house architects jobs to private sector company

Councillor Adrian Hardman, county council leader

Councillor Adrian Hardman, county council leader

First published in News Evesham Journal: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A STACK of architects jobs at Worcestershire County Council are being handed to a massive private sector company, it has emerged.

The cash-strapped authority has struck a deal with US-based Jacobs to take over the in-house professional design services team.

The service employs around 30 top-notch architects who help with construction-related matters for schools across Worcestershire, any other public sector bodies that need help and the council's own raft of buildings.

Under the agreement the firm will take on all the staff and employ them directly on the same terms and conditions, adding to its 8,000-strong UK workforce.

The deal, which has been in the making for weeks, comes after the council revealed it wanted to hive off 85 per cent of all services by 2018.

Your Worcester News understands Jacobs fought off competition from several other private sector firms to take the workers on.

It has a turnover of around £10 billion and already has lucrative contracts with central Government and dozens of other councils.

The contract between the two parties will be for an initial period of five years, with an option to extend it by two years subject to it going well.

Jacobs will offer the council expertise for any building programmes, such as new schools, as well as property survey work and professional design input.

A new report on the move says the deal avoids any "potential redundancy costs" that were in the offing had no interest been shown.

It also says it will "improve the long term employment prospects" for the staff transferred over, who will be able to access more clients.

The council says the potential savings made are impossible to quantify because the design unit charges fees for the work it completes, which varies year to year.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, said: "I'm delighted we now have a preferred bidder on board - on we go with the process."

Councillor John Campion, cabinet member for transformation and commissioning, said: "We have a very good property services team which has supported this council for a very long time."

The contract is set to start from September.

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