Northamptonshire council staff told to ‘work in libraries’

Staff at Northamptonshire County Council have been told to work in a library or from home because of a delay to work to the council’s new headquarters.

The news comes after Northamptonshire County Council's current office space has been sold.

The move means councils workers must move out by the end of March but cannot move into the new Angel Square complex in Northampton, which was due to be completed at the end of 2016, until late April.

Unison has raised concern over potential confidentiality issues arising with staff updating files in libraries.

Alvarez Wilkinson, of Unison, said: "We have had advice that social workers can pop into libraries to update their files.

"We are concerned for our staff - such as the social workers updating their files in libraries - about confidentiality."

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: "Bringing all staff together into 1 Angel Square will be of huge benefit to the town centre and means our staff can enjoy modern working conditions in a purpose built headquarters.

"Moving more than 2,000 staff out of 12 buildings into the new building is no easy task."