Penarth’s Town Clerk has notified members of Penarth Town Council about what are described as staff “motivation and morale issues” at the council’s HQ at West House
The problems – described as “areas of concern” are highlighted in the Employment of Staff section of a “Risk Management” report compiled for councillors this month by Town Clerk Emma Smith.
Ms Smith says “staff restructure” has now ended and all posts in the new structure have been filled – apart from posts which have been “frozen”.
Ms Smith says that it is hoped the areas of concern – for both management and staff – “can be dealt with in real-time” with the roll-out of ‘continual performance appraisal’ to ensure “maximum efficiency of the Town Council’s services”.
The “hazard” of “Lack of Employee motivation/efficiency” is apparently being tackled by action to ensure that as from July 1 2016 “all newly recruited staff will be in place and that “all staff due to leave under VSS [Voluntary Separation Scheme] will have left the employment of the council”.
Penarth Town Council is now entering the fifth year of the current Labour administration following the cancellation of elections which were due to have been held in May this year and the arbitrary extension of current council’s period of office by the Welsh Labour Government without any public mandate.
Penarth Town Council now has more staff on its books than that it’s ever had in its current form . (In 1974 it was demoted from being an Urban District Council to a Town Council). There are now 5 shift duty officers who work on rota, 3 static duty officers and a Core Services Manager in addition to a Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk and secretarial staff.
The total annual salary bill at Penarth Town Council is now £283,719.
The Town Clerk’s report has been noted – but without any discussion – by Penarth Town Council’s Policy and Finance Committee.