Estyn and the public sector in general are likely to go through a period of profound change in the very near future. The current financial climate points to severe budgetary constraints within the public sector and an ever-increasing pressure to achieve efficiency measures and cost-reductions. Estyn is not immune from these pressures and recognises that future budget settlements are likely to impact our programme of work and will affect our operational requirements and future staffing needs.
In this context, Estyn remains committed to making every effort to avoid compulsory redundancies, wherever possible. Should circumstances dictate that redundancies are unavoidable, however, Estyn recognises the benefit of early consultation with the trade unions and also recognises its statutory obligations in respect of consultation. With this in mind, we have developed this policy to help staff to be fully informed about how we will manage any necessary reduction in staffing levels. This paper sets out the approach agreed with the trade unions.