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Staff retention issues a risk to Babergh council, report finds


By Newsdesk Sudbury


Babergh District Council is now based at Endeavour House in Ipswich. (1987993)
Babergh District Council is now based at Endeavour House in Ipswich. (1987993)

Recruiting and retaining staff and understanding finances are among the biggest risks currently facing Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils, a new report has concluded.

The end-of-year risk report has been published ahead of cabinet meetings of both councils this week, revealing some of the areas which have significant risk if not dealt with correctly.

Different elements of the council’s business are rated by how probable events are – and how disastrous the impact would be if work is not carried out properly.

The latest report has revealed that staff recruitment and retention is considered “highly probable and serious” and could affect the council’s income, legal proceedings, staff morale and public confidence.

The report said that there was “poor progress” on resolving the matter.

The safety and wellbeing of employees and the level of understanding of financial position have both been identified as “probable” risks which would be considered a “disaster” – effects would be in excess of £250,000 cost.

Progress on easing these risks is considered to be on track.

Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for organisational development, said: “We don’t take any of these risks lightly and constantly work to mitigate them.

“In fact, since the period this report covers – up until the end of March – we’ve already made progress on several issues, including recruiting new staff to ensure we maintain the skills and experience to work effectively for our communities.”

Despite the risks, measures are under way to help ease potential problems.

Among those measures are new reward methods for staff, closer ties to universities and regular analysis of income and finances.



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