UNISON welcomes Caerphilly council’s commitment to in-house services

A UNISON campaign to use in-house council design as part of a procurement process for a proposed new school in Wales is to be recommended to the Caerphilly council cabinet.

The union has welcomed the news, which was announced after the council’s policy and scrutiny committee met earlier this week.

to utilise in-house design services as a part of the procurement process for a proposed new school.

The recommendation, which follows a UNISON campaign for in-house services, was announced following the meeting 27 May of the council’s policy and resources scrutiny committee.

UNISON branch secretary Gary Enright, said: “We are delighted that the council’s scrutiny committee has recognised that the skill and experience to design services for this key project already exist within the current workforce.

“UNISON firmly believes that this option represents the best value for Caerphilly ratepayers. Utilising the skills base of in-house staff will minimise costs and maintain much needed employment security within the council’s building consultancy service.”

The union now expects that the cabinet will endorse the recommendation of the committee when it meets on 4 June, and support the option of in-house design services for the Oakdale Plateau 3 project.