Cookie Preference Centre

Your Privacy
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Performance Cookies
Functional Cookies
Targeting Cookies

Your Privacy

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences, your device or used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually identify you directly, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. You can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, you should know that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site may not work then.

Cookies used

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our site.

Cookies used

Google Analytics

Functional Cookies

These cookies allow the provision of enhance functionality and personalization, such as videos and live chats. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these functionalities may not function properly.

Cookies used




Targeting Cookies

These cookies are set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. They work by uniquely identifying your browser and device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will not experience our targeted advertising across different websites.

Cookies used


This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to assist with navigation and your ability to provide feedback, analyse your use of our products and services, assist with our promotional and marketing efforts, and provide content from third parties


Upcoming Events


How To Enter the 2020 Members' Choice Awards - For Vendors




News : Stark Warning Over Job Cuts at Haringey Council


London, UK, May 1, 2019 -- Plans to axe dozens more jobs risk worsening an already "toxic" environment in Haringey Council’s customer services team, union officials have warned.

Councillors were told further job cuts would pile more pressure on members of staff already struggling to cope with high workloads – and that could have a knock-on effect on benefits claimants and other service users.

The council has already been forced to almost halve its workforce after having millions of pounds wiped off its budget over the past nine years due to Government cost-cutting measures.

It is now planning to save a further £4.25 million over two years by axing another 62 full-time equivalent jobs amid an ongoing shift to online customer self-service.

Officers leading the restructure claim it will lead to improvements in the way the council interacts with residents.

But representatives from trade union Unison warned councillors at the overview and scrutiny committee on Tuesday (April 30) against worsening an already "toxic" working environment.

Gerard McGrath, joint branch secretary at Haringey Unison, said many staff members were already "bruised" from a previous round of job cuts.

He said: "There has been an increase since the last restructure in stress levels and people wanting to go off sick.

"Many people are working two jobs, in effect.

"In some areas, the demand for services has stayed at a particular level, but the ability to respond has been weakened significantly by cuts."

Mr McGrath told councillors members of the contact centre team would welcome an opportunity to work from home "because it is such a fractious, toxic working environment at the moment".

Benefits appeals officer at Haringey Council and fellow Unison member Maggie Griffin said the roll-out of Universal Credit – the Government’s welfare reform scheme – could have a big impact on workloads.

She said there was an increasing number of people applying for benefits and saying they could not pay their rent due to Universal Credit.

Cllr Ruth Gordon, Labour member for Tottenham Hale, said: "I am concerned from what I am hearing about the fact that we have got staff already under stress going to be put under an increased amount of stress.

"The point about Universal Credit also concerns me. I don’t think we have been hit by the impact of this yet. I think it is coming at us like an enormous tsunami."

Andy Briggs, assistant director of corporate and customer services, told the committee that customer services would improve despite the job losses.

He said: "At the heart of this, it is about making interactions with customers easier and focusing on those with the greatest need.

"It is not about standing down face-to-face services and telephony in their entirety. It is about focusing on what is most needed."

Belinda Black, interim programme director, pointed out that the number of planned staff cuts had been reduced from more than 100 to 62.

She added that more than half would be achieved by leaving positions vacant after people leave their posts.

The programme will see more cuts to agency staff than permanent workers, while many of the cutbacks will be made to management roles.

Ms Black said some of the reductions could come from people working reduced hours rather than losing their jobs altogether.

Committee chair and Labour member for Woodside Cllr Lucia das Neves told Mr Briggs to come back with an update in July.

She said: "I would like to see staff informing what is happening as members of the programme – and how we are using their knowledge, expertise and awareness.

"We would like to hear more about how that engagement is taking place and how the staff who remain have an adequate programme of support.

"We would like to see a bit more about learning from the past."


Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent

Today's Tip of the Day - Offer Alternatives At Every Opportunity

Read today's tip or listen to it on podcast.

Published: Friday, May 3, 2019

Printer Friendly Version Printer friendly version

2020 Buyers Guide Visual Communications


Co-Browsing Integration
Co-Browsing is the practice of web-browsing where two or more people are navigating through a website on the internet. Software designed to allow Co-Browsing focuses on providing a smooth experience as two or more users use their devices to browse your website. In other words, your customer can permit the agent to have partial access to his/ her screen in real-time.
Submit Event

Upcoming Events

15th annual Best Practice Conference - this is the contact center world's most highly rated event - a whopping 100% of delegates say they would recommend it!

100's of best practice tips and ideas from contact center professionals Read More...

Latest Americas Newsletter
both ids empty
session userid =
session UserTempID =
session adminlevel =
session blnTempHelpChatShow =
session cookie set = True
session page-view-total =
session page-view-total =
applicaiton blnAwardsClosed =
session blnCompletedAwardInterestPopup =
session blnCheckNewsletterInterestPopup =
session blnCompletedNewsletterInterestPopup =