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.