Members to discuss buying property for Council staff
Members will discuss the possibility of buying or building properties to aid Council staff recruitment at a meeting tomorrow morning.
Chy an Mor
The Special Council meeting was called at the request of Councillors Fran Grottick, Avril Mumford, Mollie Peacock, Fraser Hicks, Ted Moulson, James Francis and Gordon Bilsborough as a response to the recent recruitment crisis at Park House care home.
A further proposal under discussion is that Council staff be prioritised in the allocation of General Fund housing rather than using them for social tenants as they become available.
This may mean current General Fund tenants will be moved to social housing when a suitable property is vacant.
The accompanying report, written by Senior Manager for Strategic Development Diana Mompoloki, reads: "As Members are aware there are considerable issues with staff recruitment across the council. Based on evidence and experience, including discussions with staff, it is clear that the availability of suitable accommodation, is a significant impediment to recruitment. This has been evidenced with successful applicants withdrawing over housing issues and others not applying after discussing the limited housing options.
"There is also evidence that it has contributed to staff leaving the Council’s employment either to return to the mainland or to access staff accommodation with alternative employers."
The General Fund property Chy an Mor, which was empty for five months after being used for the previous Chief Finance Officer, will now be utilised by agency care staff.
Adult Social Services have also acquired a one-person flat for use by the locum social worker and will have the use of a two-bed property from the Duchy of Cornwall from June.