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SBC releases more details about job cuts

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Scottish Borders Council has said it's keen to make clear it has not planned further compulsory redundancies.

22 employees have been made redundant over the last year, which equates to 15.7 full time equivalent jobs.

At the meeting of the Executive Committee on Tuesday, Councillors agreed to put £99,000 towards the voluntary severance/early retirement budget.

But the council says this was to cover the cost of some of the compulsory redundancies already in place, which it claims were "made following full consultation" and "where absolutely necessary"

It says the majority of these happened between five and ten months ago, and were as follows:

  • Kitchen Assistant x2
  • Cook x3
  • Learning Assistant x2
  • School Assistant
  • Social Care Assistant
  • Activity Support Worker
  • Day Centre Officer
  • Trainer
  • Caretaker x2
  • Clerical x 3
  • Supervisor, Manager
  • General Assistant
  • Assistant Cook

Counterfeit £50 notes circulating in Hawick

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Police in the Scottish Borders are urging businesses in Hawick to be vigilant after local officers were made aware of counterfeit bank notes being circulated.

The Royal Bank of Scotland on the High Street contacted police on Tuesday after discovering three separate £50 notes, which had been deposited by different businesses in the region.

All three notes are of good paper quality but have the same serial number – FF09258657.

Businesses within Hawick and the surrounding area are asked to carefully examine the notes they are offered and report any other incidents of fraudulent currency to police immediately.

Anyone with information that can help find the source of the notes is asked to contact police.

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22 jobs go at Scottish Borders Council

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Scottish Borders Council has confirmed that 22 compulsory redundancies have been made during the last year, including one from the Chief Executive department.

The local authority is looking to save £30 million by 2020.

At a Budget meeting in January, the council said 55 jobs were to go, but there would be no compulsory redundancies.

"SBC is committed to minimising compulsory redundancies and we operate a voluntary severance/early retirement programme to minimise any impact on staff. In addition, we have a robust redeployment process which ensures we minimise the number of compulsory redundancies across our workforce and only use these where absolutely necessary - having first considered redeployment and voluntary severance options.

As the Council makes changes to its structure and delivers improvements in service provision it is inevitable there will be an impact on staffing levels. The number of compulsory redundancies noted below are minimal in comparison to both the size of the overall SBC workforce and in relation to similar sized organisations."

– Spokesperson, Scottish Borders Council

Weather: Thursday

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Rain clearing south-eastwards this morning, with sunshine and colder conditions following.

Heavy blustery showers pushing in from the northwest, wintry with possible snowfall over hills. Windy with local gales persisting. Maximum Temperature 11C.

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