Redundancies fear at Linkage in Toynton All Saints


Staff at a charity offering education and employment services to the disabled in Toynton All Saints have been told their jobs are at risk of redundancy.

Linkage Community Trust (Linkage) has announced 30 jobs may be affected over its three sites in Toynton All Saints, Grimsby and Lincoln - blaming government cuts and the impact of the new national living wage as factors leading to the action.

Of these, it is expected only three or four jobs may go at Toynton All Saints, but the charity hopes to redeploy staff where possible.

The registered charity, which was established in 1976, provides a high standard of care, specialist further education and employment services to enable people with learning disabilities to realise their full potential.

Chief executive Valerie Waby said: “Over the past few years the services delivered by Linkage have changed significantly. We have moved from being a large residential specialist further education college with a number of care homes to become a learning disabilities provider, delivering integrated, care, day service, education and community support activities.

“The reality of declining student numbers at the College; increased cost pressures caused by the withdrawal of Government funding in education this year; and the impact of increases in the National Living Wage over the coming years all mean that our current staffing structure is no longer fit for purpose.

“In order to meet our obligations to clients, their families and our staff, it is necessary to re-organise part of our operations. In doing so, however, we recognise that we continue to experience an increase in the numbers of clients in residential care and supported living which affects the balance of the service we provide in future.

“We are in the process of consulting staff about an organisational structure that we would like to implement by the Autumn. This focuses on maintaining high-quality services for our students and clients. We expect that we will need to reduce overall numbers employed by Linkage by around 30 posts across three sites - in Grimsby, Toynton All Saints and Lincoln - although this may vary as our care business continues to grow. Our aim is to redeploy staff wherever possible and reduce the potential for redundancies.”