Folkestone & Hythe District Council Temporary Staff Costs look set to breach the £1 million pound barrier for the second time.

It is more likely than not our council, Folkestone & Hythe District Council spending on temporary staff will pass the million pound mark for the financial year 2019/20. In the first six months of the 2019/20 they have spent in excess of £700,000. In 2018/19 for the same period they spent in excess of £420,000. This means there has been a 68% increase of spending on temporary staff year on year.

If as we suspect the temporary staff costs do break the £1 million barrier it will be not be the first time.  In the financial year 2017/18 the council spent £1,043,789 on temporary staff.


F&HDC are currently in their second year of downsizing the organisation and it was predicted by iGnite, the consultants brought into do the work around the downsizing that the council would have a cumulative deficit of up to £3 million in 2019/20, bouncing back to a net zero benefit between 2020/21 and 2021/22. From there on in, so the consultants say, the Council will be making substantial cumulative benefits, year on year.  This would be achieved through the use of technology, such as algorithms – which our council use and downsizing the work force.


F& HDC in co-operation with their main ICT Contractor, Sopra Steria have identified realizable savings of up to £600,000 per annum – based on 60% automation. However, as Dr Susan Priest Head of Paid Service of F&HDC made clear recently in a public meeting, the days of Sopra Steria running the ICT contract appear numbered.

If our Council truly wants to save money, they should not pay contractors in breach of the contracts they have with them. This would be a big help.

Meanwhile if you have been downsized by F &HDC do contact us, everything will be treated in the strictest of confidence.


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3 Comments on Folkestone & Hythe District Council Temporary Staff Costs look set to breach the £1 million pound barrier for the second time.

  1. doggerbank56 // October 23, 2019 at 15:40 // Reply

    Making loyal and experienced staff redundant and using temps is a false economy. Consultants exist to make money for themselves and while they can offer specialist advice and expertise which could include the use of automation this is not an end in itself. Their rewards should be linked not only to future cash savings. Instead they should be judged on whether or not residents and tenants receive a better service with independently audited performance standards. East Kent Housing is a case study in how not to do outsourcing so I can only hope that the IT contract mentioned above has been better managed.

  2. No chance of that, in my humble opinion, as the whole organisation has been subject to the tried and tested “let’s allow fraud and fail to manage the contract”, as publicly available evidence has shown, happens on Ms Upton’s and her band of cronies watch all too often.

  3. doggerbank56 // October 24, 2019 at 17:29 // Reply

    I have to agree based on the low level of competence demonstrated by the current senior management team at Folkestone & Hythe Council. However, if anyone has any interesting information about Sopra Steria and the IT contract please could I urge that it be sent to the Shepway Vox team. No stone should be left unturned.

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