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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Allerdale cuts manager jobs

ALLERDALE council has cut three more management posts as it seeks to shave £3.5 million from its annual budget.

Earlier this year the council reduced its senior management team from six people to three.

Now it has reduced the number of service manager posts from 12 to seven.

The new service manager roles are head of organisational development and transformation, head of financial services, head of governance, head of housing and health, head of community services, head of development services and head of business and property services.

A council spokesman said the service managers affected by the cuts were on notice periods and may be re-deployed to other posts within the authority in line with council policy.

The changes are part of an ongoing restructure of council services.

Chief executive Harry Dyke said: “It must be stressed that we have not concluded the financial planning process and at this time we cannot be certain as to what our overall savings target is for services.”

“We are currently looking at our three-year financial plan to make sure that we can continue to provide high quality services and live within our means.

“We are reviewing our improvement plans, making sure that we deliver the council’s priorities and deliver improvements in the way we are organised and deliver services.

“We are now looking at our services in detail to ensure they are providing the highest impact and best value for money.

“We aim to save £3.5 million over the three years and are well on track to achieve the agreed £1.4 million in this financial year.

“The next two years will be extremely challenging but I am confident that as we continue to look at our budgets in a controlled and methodical manner we will continue to achieve our targets.

“Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that there will be no impact on staff but we are committed to achieving our challenges in a transparent and consultative way.”

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