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17 09, 2014

YCB services continue to support customers

2015-02-23T15:35:05+00:00September 17th, 2014|

YCB staff who rejected Unison's call to strike this week are continuing to support customers across YCB's six schemes on the third day of strike action. As last week, specialist services Flower Lane and Rosa Morison are forced to close, but again some of their customers are being supported from Valley Way respite service. Customers [...]

16 09, 2014

Your Choice Barnet Facts File on the pay cut dispute

2020-02-10T15:22:52+00:00September 16th, 2014|

1 Background to pay cut dispute Adult Social Care budgets across the country are facing significant challenge.  In April 2013 The Local Government Association published a report entitled Adult social care spending round submission.  In this report they showed that Councils have had to reduce their adult social care budgets by 20% over three years.  [...]

1 08, 2014

Your Choice Barnet sets the record straight following Question Time session

2015-02-26T11:18:52+00:00August 1st, 2014|

Your Choice Barnet (YCB) would like to correct some inaccuracies and clarify some misunderstandings regarding YCB which arose at the public Question Time session at Friern Barnet Library on 20 June, as follows: Concern was raised that some of the services are being closed, in particular CommunitySpace on a Friday, this is not the case, [...]

16 06, 2014

UNISON agree to suspend YCB strike action

2015-02-26T11:22:23+00:00June 16th, 2014|

As a result of talks at ACAS on Friday 13 June, the following agreement has been reached: Your Choice Barnet has agreed to make a one-off payment in the July pay run to the equivalent of reinstating the 9.5% reduction for that month only to affected staff. Talks will continue between UNISON and YCB with [...]

11 06, 2014

YCB response to UNISON strike notice letter

2015-02-26T11:24:01+00:00June 11th, 2014|

Whilst empathising with UNISON, we are disappointed that after three constructive meetings to date the union has decided to issue a strike notice letter announcing the first day of industrial action on Wednesday 18 June. We are continuing our discussions with UNISON with a further meeting on Friday 13 June in an attempt to minimise [...]

24 03, 2014

YCB response to Barnet GMB@Barnet

2015-02-26T11:37:04+00:00March 24th, 2014|

Recommendations: Proposed reductions to staff salaries should be rejected Barnet Homes should either waive the outstanding amount from the £1 million loaned to YCB last year or extend the payment period to 10 years Barnet Council should be re-approached to re-establish payment in advance for a percentage of the services to mitigate the effect of [...]

24 03, 2014

YCB response to Barnet UNISON

2015-02-26T11:35:44+00:00March 24th, 2014|

Barnet UNISON response and recommendations - overall position: "UNISON is opposed to the proposed 9.5% cut to staff salaries from 1st April 2014" Specifically: 1 UNISON reiterates its recommendations from May 2013. YCB response:   These recommendations are not relevant to this current consultation and were comprehensively responded to last year.   2 In addition UNISON now recommends: Review [...]

21 03, 2014

Your Choice Barnet positions itself for growth

2015-02-26T11:38:35+00:00March 21st, 2014|

The recent YCB consultation commenced on 30 January 2014 and closed on 17   March 2014. Throughout the consultation both staff and unions were engaged in the process. During this period YCB considered responses received from staff and provided feedback on their suggestions and questions. On 19 March the YCB Board considered the feedback received throughout the consultation [...]

7 03, 2014

National Apprentice Week at The Barnet Group

2015-02-26T11:43:51+00:00March 7th, 2014|

No one day is the same if you're an apprentice with The Barnet Group and this week is no exception. From helping older residents improve their I.T skills to dealing with housing queries, our apprenticeships offer a whole range of opportunities. On Friday 7 March, several of our current apprentices did a presentation to attract [...]

31 01, 2014

Your Choice Barnet salary restructure consultation

2015-04-27T12:07:25+01:00January 31st, 2014|

In order for YCB to remain financially viable and competitive in the future we need to make savings. In response to changes in funding arrangements which resulted in a lower than predicted income stream, YCB undertook a remodelling and restructuring of its services which achieved significant savings last year. However, these savings still leave a [...]