Future Delivery of Construction Related Services

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Dundee City Council’s construction services and its staff could be transferred to Tayside Contracts for future delivery of work, the policy and resources committee will hear on Monday October 31. 

Councillors are being asked to take the first steps by establishing a steering group to take the proposal forward. 

Councillor Ken Guild, convener of the policy & resources committee, said: “The council has been reviewing its construction services with a view to safeguarding jobs and ensuring opportunities for apprentices. 

“The proposals that are coming forward follow a thorough exploration of methods which could grow the business sustainably in the future, and would provide opportunities to diversify across new markets and areas. 

“If the report is approved, this would only be the start of the process and employees and trade unions would be closely involved in the development of the new model. 

“They will be kept up to date with progress as we want to do this in an open and transparent way. 

“I think this a sensible and forward-thinking solution which looks to the future of the construction service.” 

A report to the committee explains that a review of the service was undertaken as part of the council’s Changing for the Future programme This seeks to ensure that the council can deliver best value in a challenging financial environment by re-shaping services and managing assets. 

An option appraisal was carried out, which included consultation with stakeholders. 

The assessment concluded that the transfer of construction services to Tayside Contracts would provide longer term sustainability of the service to give better job security for the workforce than the other options considered. 

There would be opportunities to reduce overall operating costs and produce efficiencies and savings without detriment to service delivery. There have been previous successful transfers of services like this from the council in the past. 

The committee report explains that the aim is to make the transfer by late 2017. 

If the recommendations are approved, a steering group would be formed led by the executive directors of neighbourhood services and city development. 

Further reports would go before councillors as the process continues.

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