Shoreline housing association seeks to shed staff
Transfer housing association Shoreline Housing Partnership is looking to cut staff in a bid to cut costs.
The landlord, which took over 8,500 homes from North East Lincolnshire Council in March last year, is seeking volunteers from its 320 staff to take redundancy and early retirement in order to make efficiency savings.
Chief executive Tony Bramley said that although Shoreline had 'inherited a difficult situation' from North East
Lincolnshire Council, the restructuring and consequent job losses could not have been forseen at the time of stock transfer.
Bramley said the association had been in discussions with staff and trade unions as early as possible and was now at the start of a formal consultation process.
'It is impossible to say what the full impact will be but we are seeking to minimise any adverse effect which is why, at this very early stage, we have asked staff for initial expressions of interest,' he said.
'In the short term, it will be a difficult time for our staff as many of their current roles will no longer be applicable. We will do our utmost to ensure support is provided for them throughout this period of change.'
The association is in talks with trade unions and hopes they will be concluded in time to allow a major staff restructuring by June.
Staff will be informed at fortnightly intervals on how the consultation process was progressing, he added.