A union boss has hailed the boost in confidence for 130 city workers which has been provided by the latest expansion of public work carried out for Norwich City Council by Norse.

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A £4.8m per year contract to deliver grounds, streets and trees maintenance in Norwich for the next five years has been awarded to a newly-created subsidiary company called Norwich Norse.

Brian Rye, regional secretary of UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians), said: “UCATT supports the delivery of public services in Norwich through this joint venture, which we believe will help to end fears and uncertainty over job security which our members have endured for over two years.”

The city council has announced the plans to expand and strengthen its existing public sector partnership with Norse, which will also see the transfer of the council’s property team to the existing company, NPS Norwich.

This means from April 2013, Norwich Norse will carry out the grounds, streets and trees maintenance which is currently being delivered on a temporary basis by Biffa.

Under the deal, 130 employees providing the contract will transfer to Norwich Norse. From next August Norse will also transfer contracts for the repairs and maintenance work it carries out on all the city council’s houses, worth about £10m per year, to the new company.

The council believes a key benefit of setting up Norwich Norse is that it will allow any profits made to be shared by the city council and Norse, which can then be reinvested and used to deliver frontline services for city residents.

Alan Waters, deputy leader of the city council, said: “This builds on a successful existing public sector partnership to bring benefits to the people of Norwich.

“The council is always looking to deliver services in the most cost effective way possible but we also want to ensure long term stability.

“In adding Norwich Norse to our joint venture model we will be able to shape and directly manage these important front-line services through the partnership. We will also use this model to create apprentices and so create jobs for young people in Norwich.”

The existing NPS Norwich will also expand following the transfer of the council’s property team, who will join colleagues who transferred to the joint venture in April this year. In total around 50 employees will be transferred to this arm of the public sector business.

Norse Commercial Services managing director, Peter Hawes, said: “We are delighted to see our successful partnership with Norwich City Council continuing to grow.

“This new joint venture is another excellent example of our two local organisations working together to deliver essential services, cost effectively and efficiently.

“Norse’s public sector ethos, commercial flair and financial stability will help secure local jobs and services, whilst delivering real savings for Norwich City Council.”

- For more information about the city council’s links with Norse, see the links at the top-right of this page.

9 comments

  • Surely you mean..." ms Larson,you're getting a drag. !!!!?????"""". Simples!!!! nulabour!!!!???? etc etc. At least make some effort to stay in character.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Clearly a dull night in the Norton household.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • ms Larson,you're getting a drag.

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    nrg

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Lets see, nuLabour honchos merging into Tory boy agendas....Lord Mandelson: we are all Thatcherites now !!! The Times,Monday 10 June 2002

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • What happens to all the tools that the taxpayer bought for Biffa???? we should be told!!! Are Norse going to raise the road sweepers wages to a Living Wage, instead of the minimum wage rate??? We should be told by Brenda and her Tory boy chums!!!!! footnote Biffa are saddled with a £billion debt, next to fall for sure!!!!!

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    nrg

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I felt Biffa was doing a good job !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • chebram71

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • a good article in the telegraph the other day exposed what the unions are using peoples subscriptions for . Jon crudas labour MPadmitted the other day that he used 165 thousand pounds of union money to fight the bnp in dagenham. This is what the unions are spending your subs on. How can this be right

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    milecross

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • So are the City Council saying that the old City Engineers Dept later City Works Dept really did work and the city was a cleaner and better place, service to the tenants was not as bad as the tenants made out. To me it looks like the circle has almost come completly round.

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    Rorping

    Friday, November 23, 2012

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