The next round of public spending cuts, due to be announced next month, are likely to see police budgets cut nationwide by between 25 and 40 percent.
Over the last few years forces have already to make significant changes to their operating models to cope with reduced budgets, including the use of shared service centres, estates rationalisation, modern technology and collaborative procurement.
Forces may struggle to make further savings through additional changes to their operating models. The upcoming round of budget cuts may impact on the numbers of police officers, see a reduction in neighbourhood policing and of proactive prevention work.
Below we give an overview of what is involved in the redundancy process and set out the steps forces can take to limit their exposure to risk.
In legal terms, a redundancy situation arises where an employer's requirement for an employee to undertake the work they are engaged to do has ceased or diminished. This can arise in a closure situation or where an organisation, whether due to funding cuts or other financial constraints, needs to reduce its headcount.
Making redundancies exposes an employer to a number of potential claims if employment processes are not followed. Employers should ensure they:
To be eligible for a statutory redundancy payment, employees must have two years' continuous employment. The level of statutory redundancy pay is calculated by applying a formula based on age, length of service and pay.
Some employers may also have an enhanced redundancy scheme which provides for higher payments.
Redundant employees are also entitled to their contractual notice, whether this is worked or paid in lieu, and any accrued holiday payments outstanding as at the date employment ends.
Forces finding themselves facing a potential redundancy situation should consider whether:
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