Scope consults 340 staff about changes to their roles

Chief executive Mark Hodgkinson says 89 jobs are at risk, with 34 redundancies possible

The disability charity Scope has begun a consultation with 340 of its staff over changes to their roles as part of a reorganisation designed to save £3m a year and help the fulfil its strategy charity more effectively.

Mark Hodgkinson, chief executive of Scope, told Third Sector that of those 340 staff, 89 were at risk of redundancy, with about 34 redundancies expected to come from that group.

Scope, which has 880 staff, last year sold all its regulated and daycare services to a private sector provider, with the aim of becoming a more effective campaigning organisation for disabled people.

Hodgkinson, who joined the charity in January, said he wanted the charity to become more flexible and agile so it could make more of a difference for disabled people.

He said the charity was halfway through its Everyday Equality strategy, which was launched in April 2017, so it was a good time to look back at what it had achieved so far and where it needed to refocus in order to bring about the social change it wanted to see.

"Having set out on a journey to become a social change organisation, we need to look at how we can maximise the impact that we have," he said.

"There are some relatively significant changes in terms of how we look at the ways we operate."

Aside from the possible redundancies, changes being put forward include amendments to job profiles, reporting lines and the organisation of directorates.

Job changes are set to be made across all departments outside the charity’s shops.

Hodgkinson said 17 per cent of the charity’s employees had disabilities.

"We will take a very positive approach to how we seek to retain the disabled people we have in our workforce," he said.

The results of the consultation are expected by the end of October.

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