Council parking enforcement officers set to be brought back in-house
Parking enforcement officers in Hackney are set to be brought back in-house, as part of the Council’s continuing drive to further support the local economy and guarantee continued fair pay for its employees.
The move is expected to further improve services for the council while protecting pay and conditions for the staff currently employed by its parking contractor.
Following a decision by the Council’s Cabinet Procurement Committee, a consultation with staff and trade unions is set to begin in February next year.
Under the employment regulations, parking officers’ existing employment rights are protected after transferring to the Council and a comprehensive review of staffing will be undertaken once parking enforcement services are brought in-house. All existing job posts, which are paid no less than the London Living Wage, would also be protected under the plans.
Building on Hackney Council’s reputation for bringing services under full public ownership and control, we committed in our 2018 manifesto to reviewing all outsourced services with a view to bringing them in-house.
I’m delighted to be overseeing the insourcing of Parking Enforcement - which plays a crucial role in ensuring adequate parking for local residents and safeguarding our borough from excess traffic and pollution - as the next step in our journey to ensure greater public ownership and control of local government services.
By bringing Parking Enforcement in-house, officers - who often live locally can look forward to increased opportunities for progression, which will help tackle inequality and support the local economy. We will be consulting with staff and trade unions on the changes from February next year.
Insourcing Council services wherever possible is a key part of the Council’s work to deliver high quality services that represent value for money for local taxpayers and rebuild a fairer local economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – ensuring that fair pay, good employment opportunities and rights are protected in the borough’s economic recovery.
This follows the insourcing of waste management, some school cleaning contracts and IT services, and the Council’s commitment to pay a London Living Wage to all staff – as well as encouraging the borough’s businesses to do the same.
To view the report presented to Cabinet Procurement Committee, visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/council-business