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Money saving initiative launched to reward local authorities

WillisPalmer has launched a money saving scheme in a bid to reward the loyal local authorities which have supported us during the difficult months of lockdown.

Virtually all private organisations experienced extreme challenges both during the months of lockdown and as restrictions started to ease. Many staff were working from home where possible, adhering to government guidelines, meaning offices were being run by skeletal staff.

Social workers, also in depleted teams, were still visiting clients where possible to ensure children were kept as safe as possible and we endeavoured to continue providing our high-quality services.

While we had to make a number of adjustments at WillisPalmer to enable us to continue working, such as increasing our deadlines for the completion of assessments, we were able to continue working throughout the challenging period.

Chief Executive of WillisPalmer Mark Willis said: “These were, undoubtedly, testing times. But we had a number of local authorities who continued to use our services throughout the height of the pandemic who were very supportive about the complexities and challenges that we as an organisation faced. These local authorities were extremely understanding of our need to allow extra time for assessments to be carried out to accommodate for them being carried out remotely and this support enabled us to come through a tough period.”

“Now as local authorities are likely to be facing a significant increase in referrals to children’s services, which will impact on social workers’ workloads, the number of cases being dealt with and result in a rise in care proceedings, we want to give something back. It is for this reason that we are offering our loyal local authorities who have supported us in recent months a 10% discount on expert social work assessments that we carry out for them,” added Mark Willis.

Anyone wanting to discuss the initiative should contact WillisPalmer’s Senior Business Consultant Steve Hoyle on 01206 878178 or email: steve@willispalmer.com

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