The Future For Local Government Employees?

The Barnet Group – A New Legal Entity 

The Barnet Group, Barnet Councils Local Authority Trading Company – incorporating Barnet Homes [the wholly Council owned Arm’s Length Management Organisation] which manages Barnet Council housing stock and Your Choice Barnet [the wholly Council owned care provider which offers support to adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities] have announced plans to set up a New Legal Entity within the Barnet Group.

Barnet UNISON are currently in consultation with the Barnet Group in regard to the proposals to set up the New Legal Entity.

The ‘Entity’ will be used as the sole future employer within the Barnet Group. All vacancies will be recruited to the New Legal Entity on reduced pay and terms and conditions to existing staff within the Group.

Future employees of the ‘Entity’, whose sole shareholder will be the London Borough of Barnet, will not be able to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

If current employees of the Barnet Group seek promotion or are restructured, then they will be offered employment via the New Legal Entity on the lower pay scale and with reduced Terms & Conditions including longer working hours.

The proposals to set up the New Legal Entity are scheduled to go forward to the Policy & Resources Committee on the 14th of October.