Update on Voluntary Exit Scheme

The DCLG VE scheme opened on Monday (2 November 2015).

As we reported in the recent PCS Voice

  • The exact application of the criteria, particularly how “value for money” (the length of time it will take for DCLG to recover the cost of exit and absolute cost of exit) will be weighed in relation to the “Exceptional Circumstances” and “Fit” criteria, is still the subject of consultation between PCS, other Unions and HR colleagues.
  • PCS will be challenging management to very significantly reduce existing work demands, to more than compensate for the latest round of counter-productive job losses because staff are already working under significant and unacceptable pressures as a result of the failure to reduce work demands when the staffing levels were drastically reduced in 2011/12.
  • PCS is stressing to management that it must take such measures as will avoid the individual, social and departmental cost of compulsory redundancies, including by releasing volunteers in preference to compelling any staff to leave, and our approach to the issue of criteria (see first bullet) is and will be heavily informed by this view.
  • PCS will be doing all in its power to ensure that staff are treated fairly, sensitively and with dignity throughout this process.
  • PCS is also engaging with management in an effort to clarify the position of staff who leave on VE with regard to their right to claim Job Seekers’ Allowance.

A membership meeting for DCLG Staff about the VE scheme and the wider ‘change’ agenda will be held on Wednesday 11 November at 12.30 pm in Peel Building Ground Floor Conference Room 7.  Facility time has been granted for members to attend.  Non-members are also welcome to attend on this occasion.  We would encourage you to invite colleagues who are not currently PCS members to come along with you to the meeting.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can call into the VE meeting