Magazine article Public Finance

Courts Advisory Body Faces Strike Action after 'Tight' Grant Award

Magazine article Public Finance

Courts Advisory Body Faces Strike Action after 'Tight' Grant Award

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A financial crisis at the family courts advisory service has left managers unable to implement vital IT reforms and could lead to a staff strike.

Civil servants at the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have told Public Finance that they are consulting on the possibility of a walk-out that 'nobody really wants' after an 'incredibly tight' finance settlement from the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Senior staff said that the shortage of cash from the DCA since April had already caused the shelving of a much-needed IT network upgrade, which would have made all Cafcass records electronic.

Union representatives, including those from the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo), were set to hold talks with Cafcass managers this week to attempt to prevent a strike ballot over the lack of progress on pay negotiations. …

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