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MERSEYSIDE DSO STAFF FACE SACK

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More than 300 Liverpool gardeners face the sack after the city council was banned from undertaking grounds maintena...
More than 300 Liverpool gardeners face the sack after the city council was banned from undertaking grounds maintenance work in-house.

The council was informed of the ban, which is effective from 1 October, last week after ministers decided Liverpool was wrong to award the work to its DSO late last year in the face of lower private sector tenders.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Bounds was told keeping the work in-house amounted to a failure to comply with a statutory notice issued in 1996.

Liverpool's Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Flo Clucas, said the council was obliged to issue statutory redundancy notices, but it would do all it could to find staff other jobs.

The council is seeking urgent talks with the government to see whether it will let it consider forming a best value partnership to provide grounds maintenance services.
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