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Case for change

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work, travel and socialise, and it has given us the unique opportunity to change the way we work for the better.

It’s also provided us with a chance to build an even greater, more productive, and healthier Carmarthenshire, not just for now but for future generations.

Moving to a better way of working will help us modernise the services we provide to the county’s residents as well as improve our working lives.

The reasons for moving to better ways of working are based on what we have learnt during the pandemic. These include:

Many of you will have seen some changes in your personal or working lives during the pandemic and we want to use that learning to make sure we build on what has worked well, and address any challenges you might have faced, to improve your working lives.

We also want to make sure that you have the skills and support you need to do your job. This is about all our staff so, whether you are used to working out of an office or working in our communities, our aim to make your working life better.

In 2019 we were one of the first local authorities in Wales to declare a climate emergency and early last year we became the first to publish a climate change action plan detailing how we plan to become net zero carbon by 2030.

Reducing our building costs and the amount of time we spend travelling and commuting will go a long way in supporting our aim in becoming carbon neutral.

Improvements to the way you do your work can improve the service we provide to our customers; it can also generate cost savings for the Council by improving efficiency.

In addition, reducing our building costs and minimising spending on travelling will help us save money and contribute to us reaching our environmental goals.

To support our high streets and help increase footfall we are reviewing how we use our town centre buildings and plan to create spaces that our staff can use to do their work and meet with colleagues.

All public sector organisations are facing similar challenges. We want to work with our public sector partners to share the facilities we all have. This approach will allow us to increase the accommodation options available to our staff whilst reducing the buildings we run ourselves. This will provide us with an opportunity to achieve better value for money from our existing or new town centre facilities.

Welsh Government is encouraging an increase in multi-located working and has set a long-term ambition for 30% of the Welsh workforce to work at or closer to home.

This ambition is intended to help reduce congestion and cut carbon emissions.

 

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