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Council partnership could face senior management shake-up
COUNCILS working together in partnership could be set for another senior management shake-up with posts to go in a bid to find further savings.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council embarked on a shared services partnership programme in 2010 with the joint delivery of services and merged officer structure saving the authorities more than £2million.
However, the two council’s joint services advisory committee meets this week to discuss the next phase of the partnership and how further savings could be achieved.
Up to seven posts could go in a first phase followed by up to 16 in a second phase.
A report that will be considered by councillors sets for how the council could save between £500,000 and £600,000 through a revised structure of senior management as part of a new business case to deliver savings.
The original move towards joint working saw the two councils go from having two chief executives, eight directors or general managers and 47 third tier managers to a single joint chief executive, four directors and 16 service managers.
The report from chief executive David Clarke sets out a new structure with three directors and 10 senior managers beneath him.
He states: “The structure is designed to achieve annual savings of £550,000 through the reduction of seven posts.”
The committee will also consider further proposals that hope to take the total of new savings up to £1million over the next two years through a review of support services and business transformation.
In each area the council aims to save between £200,000 and £400,000, which the report claims equates to between eight and 16 posts.
So far the merger of officer structures has seen the removal of 70 jobs, with 21 posts made redundant.
The focus of the councils will be to implement the new senior manager structure first, before the other areas are addressed.
The report states: “The management costs are the largest part of delivering the financial savings from the new business case and have therefore been prioritised.
“In addition to the financial benefits of focusing on this element of the business case, it is essential to have the new management structure in place prior to the other elements of the business case as they will be closely involved in other parts of the programme.”
The proposals will also go before Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee and the executive committee of West Dorset District Council and if they are approved the new structure could be in place by August.
How partnership has helped
Savings achieved so far through the partnership
- 2010/11 – saving £49,661
- 2011/12 – saving £1,361,464
- 2012/13 – saving £2,058,685
- 2013/14 (projected) – saving £2,300,065