Hello Bloggers,

Here’s a novel way to save some ‘readies’ as you scour your budgets, scrabbling around trying to reduce public sector expenditure to the tune of the Comprehensive Spending Review’s £81bn.

No, this is not a sales pitch for the services of ACAS – but according to a recent press statement the conciliation service has saved employers £46.7m, since the new service launch in April 2009.

Louisa Peacock, former Personnel Today reporter, and now business reporter for the Daily Telegraph covered this story on 23 November 2010.

Since launching its early conciliation service in April 2009, ACAS says it has prevented 8,988 workplace grievances becoming claims, saving employers a total of £46.7m. Of the 12,394 early conciliation cases completed at ACAS so far, only 3,406 ended up as tribunal claims.

As we’re looking over the financial abyss in the public sector the data released by ACAS could be argued to suggest that unless we’re prepared to nip employment-related disputes in the bud we may face the prospect of swathes of costly employment tribunal claims.

A deeper dive into the data also revealed that on average managers spend nine days preparing paperwork for employment tribunal defence cases.

If you’re worried the ACAS pre-claim conciliation services has costly strings attached – fear not it’s free of charge. At the risk of being a prophet of doom I hope they have sufficient capacity to meet demand that might be coming their way – I would also argue that we can avoid much of the fracas through effective leadership and change management skills.

Dean