2017 news and events from the European Services Strategy Unit.

News and events from 2017.

Social Enterprise plans wage cuts, redundancies and service closures
Somerset County Council plans to transfer the Council’s Learning Disabilities Provider Service to a new social enterprise established by Dimensions (UK) Ltd in April 2017. The service has an annual budget of nearly £30m and 1,160 staff. The social enterprise has announced plans to reduce all terms and conditions for the whole workforce, impose immediate redundancies, and to ‘redesign’ services with closures. This brief analysis highlights the risks and potential dire consequences of transferring services to social enterprises and arms length companies.
2017-02-06 16:34:00
Social Impact Bond investors profit from deporting London rough sleepers
The London Homelessness Social Impact Bond was designed to reduce rough sleeping, but led to two charities to work in partnership with Home Office agencies to ‘reconnect’ non-UK nationals by voluntary repatriation, administrative removal or deportation. This ESSU briefing raises critical issues for non-profits engaging in core state functions.
2017-03-12 10:43:33
Tyne and Wear Metro returns to public provision
On 1 April 2017 the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro finally returned to public provision. The North East Combined Authority decided not to extend the Deutsche Bahn 7-year operational contract for a further two years because of dissatisfaction with service performance. A new fleet of trains is planned in the next few years, however, the government is insisting on retendering the contract in 2019. RMT General Secretary Mike Cash said "The union is demanding that there is no repeat of the privatisation mistake and that the Metro service is now permanently returned to the public sector - run as a public service in the public interest." 86% of a ChronicleLive public poll last year voted for the Metro to stay publicly run. A ESSU briefing 'Not Fit to Run the Metro' for the Northern TUC, UNISON and UNITE exposed Deutsche Bahn's track record in Germany in 2009 prior to the contract - http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2009/not-fit-to-run-the-metro-the-sorry-tale-of-d/
2017-04-01 09:55:24


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