Renfrewshire Council

Right for Renfrewshire - Programme on Hold Q&A

The Right for Renfrewshire Programme has been temporarily paused to enable the council to focus on its response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please see below for questions and answers on what this means for staff and the council.

How will the council close its budget gap without Right for Renfrewshire?

The events we are experiencing and responding to are unprecedented. Work is ongoing to manage the council's financial position and to identify ways to ensure we remain financially stable, through this crisis and into our recovery phase. This is a national crisis that is impacting on all public services and councils in Scotland.

When will the programme re-start?

There is no decision on when the programme will restart. Our priority is to focus our resources to tackle the immediate Coronavirus crisis, bolster essential services and ensure we keep staff and communities safe and well. The programme will restart when the crisis has concluded, and we have completed our recovery. This could take until early 2021.

Will the same six service designs continue, and will the proposed changes be the same?

None of the work that has been committed to Right for Renfrewshire will be lost, the programme is simply on hold. The six service designs will re-commence when the programme restarts. We do not have a date for this at the moment.

How do I let you know about my decision to postpone my agreed date?

If you have an agreed leave date, you will shortly receive a letter asking you to postpone your end date and remain in the council's employment until March 31, 2021.

You will be asked to email your decision to vrverteam@renfrewshire.gov.uk by close of business Thursday 30 April 2020, stating your clear intention to POSTPONE or LEAVE AS PLANNED.   In your email, you must also provide your name, service you work in employee number.  If you do not have access to email, please ask your line manager to do this for you. If you do not receive a letter,  but think you should, please contact us as soon as possible - vrverteam@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Is everyone being asked to postpone?

Everyone who has already received a confirmed leaving date is being asked to postpone until Wednesday 31 March 2021. This is entirely voluntary. Each individual service design was running at different times and employees were due to leave the council on a phased basis over the course of 2020/21. A very small number of staff have already left as it was not possible to change the dates of departure at this stage.

Do I have to postpone to March 31, 2021 or can I select a new date?

For staff who are volunteering to POSTPONE their agreed dismissal date, their revised leaving date will be Wednesday, 31 March 2021 and revised figures and paperwork will be provided.

Will my final figures be recalculated and confirmed?

Yes, you will receive revised paperwork, based on a new dismissal date of Wednesday 31 March 2021.

When will my final figures be confirmed?

You will receive revised redundancy figures no later than Monday 14 December 2020.

What happens to the paperwork that I have signed, and will I have to do this again?

You will not be required to re-sign any paperwork if the information you supplied to the VR/VER team has not changed.

What if I change my mind and decide I do not wish to leave?

You are only being asked to voluntarily postpone your agreed leaving date. 

When will my final release date be agreed?

For everyone who volunteers to postpone their agreed leaving date, the new dismissal date will be Wednesday 31 March 2021.

I was been advised that my post would change, will that happen now?

Not at this time. You will continue in your current post and service structure as normal. Any proposed changes will be paused until the programme can resume. We will contact you to update you fully when the programme restarts. We recognise this is a difficult time for many. We would like to thank all staff for their contribution to our response to this pandemic and thank everyone for their patience and understanding at this time.

I have already expressed an interest in VR/VER and have not yet had a confirmation, what does this mean for me?

For those who continued to express an interest in VR/VER and have not yet received confirmation of an outcome and/or agreed leave date, this will now be kept on hold until the programme restarts. You will not need to re-apply. We will contact you to update you fully when the programme restarts. There is no decision yet on when the programme will restart.

What about change programmes that are not part of Right for Renfrewshire?

The decision to postpone planned changes to council operations, and to pause live expressions of interest in VR/VER extends to all current change programmes across the council. If you have a current and live expression of interest this will be kept on hold and until the programme restarts. You will not need to re-apply.

Will I have to re-apply and express my interest in VR/VER?

If you have a current and live expression of interest this will be kept on hold and until the programme restarts. You will not need to re-apply. We will contact you to update you fully when the programme restarts. There is no decision yet on when the programme will restart.

If I remain in the council's employment, will I be deployed to support frontline services or asked to carry out alternative duties during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Our deployment strategy enables staff who are fit, well and able to support service areas in most need and you may be asked to put yourself forward. In these circumstances you would be matched against the requirements of the job, ensuring you have the right skills and experience to undertake it and will be supported with the appropriate training, guidance and PPE to ensure your safety, health and wellbeing. 

Why are some people still able to leave as part of RfR VR/VER?

Each individual service design was running at different times and employees were due to leave the council on a phased basis over the course of 2020/21. This means a very small number were able to leave as it was not possible to change the agreed dates of departure at this stage.