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NOTTS CC REJECTS PRIVATISATION

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Nottinghamshire CC's ruling Labour group have voted to reject a massive privatisation of the authority's IT, person...
Nottinghamshire CC's ruling Labour group have voted to reject a massive privatisation of the authority's IT, personnel and financial services. Instead the councillors have backed their staff to bring about improvements in the delivery of support services.

The decision will be ratified by the council's cabinet meeting on 5 June.

'Staff are very happy and very relieved,' said Notts County Unison chair Jill Turner. 'There is nothing that the private sector can do that we cannot do better. Staff at the council are proud to be public servants and that is what they wish to remain.'

The branch recognises the hard work put in over the past few months by some senior managers and councillors together with the trade unions in producing alternatives to the proposed public private partnership. Unison, managers and councillors will now work together to implement an ambitious programme of service improvements.

Ms Turner added: 'We are all grateful to our councillors for showing their confidence in our ability to deliver. It is a difficult road ahead but we are all committed to providing the best services.'

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