A new name was born today (Wed 1 April) to provide key frontline services to the people of Glasgow. Cordia, a limited liability partnership (LLP) created by Glasgow City Council, takes over the work of the former Direct and Care Services (DACS) department.
The new company, the latest and by some way, the largest of the Council's arm's length external organisations (ALEO), will have a staff of almost 9,000.
The staff transfer is believed to be the biggest ever undertaken in the UK under TUPE- the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations which preserve employees' terms and conditions when a business or undertaking is transferred to a new employer.
The services Cordia will provide include:
- Home care support to 8,600 of Glasgow's most vulnerable citizens
- School meals for pupils in over 300 city schools
- School crossing patrols throughout the city
- Janitorial services in schools and other public buildings
- Cleaning for all the city's public buildings
- Catering in Glasgow's museums and leisure centres, and for banqueting events and weddings on Council property
- Home care equipment supply to health services and a number of other West of Scotland councils via the EQUIPU centre
Glasgow City Council has already set up a number of successful ALEO's, including Culture and Sport Glasgow, City Building; Glasgow Community and Safety Services, City Parking and City Markets. Cordia will be wholly owned by the Council and will be run by a board made up of four elected members as well as three senior officers from Cordia-chaired by senior Glasgow Councillor Ruth Simpson.