Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts
Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts
From prisons to rail franchises and even London's Boris bikes, Serco is a giant global corporation that has hoovered up outsourced government contracts. Now the NHS is firmly in its sights. But it stands accused of mismanagement, lying and even charging for non-existent work. (read on Guardian 29th July 2013)
Norfolk County Council staff may be engaged on a casual “as and when required” basis where there is no guarantee that they will be offered work, nor is there an obligation to accept work should it be offered and as such are not employed on a contract of employment.
In addition to the casual arrangement, Norfolk County Council also uses zero hours contracts where individuals are offered a contract of employment, and accrue continuous service and contractual and statutory benefits, but have no guaranteed hours. Where hours are offered, then employees on these contracts are required to accept them. These contracts are offered where levels of work are still unpredictable, but occur more frequently than on a casual basis. Staff in the Adult Education Service are employed on a sessional basis, where there is no guarantee that work will be offered nor does the work have to be accepted, but where work is offered this is for the duration of the course, normally 10 weeks.
Currently, a total of 2,112 individuals (non-schools) and 7,800 (schools) have at least one assignment with Norfolk County Council which does not guarantee hours of work. Of those, 811 (4,696 in schools) also have a contract of employment elsewhere in the organisation which has guaranteed contracted weekly hours.
The cancer of casualisation has infected Norfolk County Council with 1000s also on zero hours contracts with no guarrantee of work.
Norfolk's Labour led Council must abolish these iniquitous and dehumanising 'Zero Hours Contracts'.
The following is the reply from Norfolk County Council to the request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Can you please advise under Freedom of Information Act, how many employees of Norfolk County Council are employed on Zero Hours contracts.
the following is Norfolk County Council's Response.................
The case against the vile exploitative contracts which are 'Zero Hours Contracts'.
People are poor for many reasons. But explanations which put poverty down to drug and alcohol dependency, family breakdown, poor parenting, or a culture of worklessness are not supported by the facts.
Child poverty blights childhoods. Growing up in poverty means being cold, going hungry, not being able to join in activities with friends. For example, 61 per cent of families in the bottom income quintile would like, but cannot afford, to take their children on holiday for one week a year.
Poverty is also related to more complicated health histories over the course of a lifetime, again influencing earnings as well as the overall quality – and indeed length - of life. Professionals live, on average, eight years longer than unskilled workers.
Child poverty imposes costs on broader society – estimated to be at least £29 billion a year.8 Governments forgo prospective revenues as well as commit themselves to providing services in the future if they fail to address child poverty in the here and now.
Child poverty reduced dramatically between 1998/9-2011/12 when 1.1 million children were lifted out of poverty (BHC). This reduction is credited in large part to measures that increased the levels of lone parents working, as well as real and often significant increases in the level of benefits paid to families with children.
Under current government policies, child poverty is projected to rise from 2012/13 with an expected 600,000 more children living in poverty by 2015/16.10 This upward trend is expected to continue with 4.7 million children projected to be living in poverty by 2020.
In February 2013, Ofsted said the council’s child protection arrangements were “inadequate” across the board, and on 17th August it passed the same damning verdict on its services for children in Norfolk's care.
In a damning report to be published next week, the National Children's Bureau finds that, in many respects, child poverty is now a bigger problem than during the 1960s, when it carried out a seminal study, Born to Fail?.
"There is a real risk that our society is sleepwalking into a world where children grow up in a state of social apartheid, with poor children destined to experience hardship and disadvantage just by accident of birth, and their more affluent peers unaware of their existence." Observer 24th August 2013
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