A call for clarity has been made over a plan to make savings of more than £200,000 in the delivery of administration, technical and librarian services in Aberdeen’s schools.
Aberdeen City Council was faced with making cuts of £41.2 million when councillors met to agree its budget earlier this month.
One of the savings agreed by the Labour, Conservative and Independent-led administration involved saving £254,000 by adopting a “hub” model for school technicians, administration staff and librarians.
But Alex Nicoll, the SNP group’s resources spokesman, has demanded clarity over the proposals and assurances the move won’t lead to any job losses.
He said: “The administration need to come clean as to how this supposed “hub” model for technicians and librarians is actually going to work.
“The SNP did not even consider this as an option and it is entirely unclear as to how the administration expect to make such a huge saving without impacting on jobs or making substantial changes to terms and conditions. There is a complete lack of clarity on this matter and there is no doubt that this will be a cause of real concern for the staff themselves – and that is completely unacceptable.
“Technicians and librarians play a vital role in our schools and the administration must provide clear answers to explain their entirely unnecessary decision.”
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Council leaders described the budget as the “worst this city has ever seen” when it was approved, with a raft of savings agreed to help plug the gap, along with increases to charges including council tax, which increased by 4.5%.
However, the administration has maintained that jobs are safe and has said it remains committed to its policy of no-compulsory redundancies.
Douglas Lumsden, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “As always the SNP do not like change however this administration recognises that to make the city council governance stronger and fitter for purpose we must work with officers and the trade unions to manage and mitigate change and this saving offers that opportunity.”