Cornwall Council to save £400,000 by axing three jobs
Some of Cornwall Council’s highest paid officers are line for the chop after plans were unveiled to slim down senior ranks and save £400,000.
The authority’s newly installed chief executive, Andrew Kerr, is proposing the radical shake-up of management which will see six directorates halved in number.
Mr Kerr said it was a cost cutting measure, but also one which would help the council as it looked towards the next few years.
“We need to re-shape the council to better suit the way we will deliver services in the future,” he said.
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“ This top level restructure is the first part of that process,” said Andrew Kerr.
“We are also faced with the huge challenge of having to reduce our spending by £190m over the next four years.
“Streamlining the organisation is one way of reducing our costs although a management restructure will not in itself deliver all the savings we need.”
Under the changes proposed by Mr Kerr, the current structure of six directorates will be reduced to three.
These will cover economy and the environment, localism, business management, organisational development, community safety and protection and thirdly education, social care and health.
The restructuring, which is supported by the council’s cabinet, will see the number of corporate directors reduced from six to three, delivering initial savings of around £400,000.
Once the new corporate directors have been appointed the shape and structure of all the services within the new directorates will be reviewed.
It is hoped this will deliver further management savings which will help protect frontline services.
Since he started work at Cornwall Council last month, Mr Kerr said he had worked closely with councillors to identify “key drivers for change” at the council over the next four years.
These include; supporting the Cornish economy by investing EU funding wisely, empowering local communities and giving them more freedom and flexibility to achieve their aspirations and greater co-ordination between public services
Mr Kerr said Cornwall had a lot going for it.
“Cornwall is extremely fortunate in having access to millions of pounds of EU funding to improve its economy and create new jobs and we must ensure that every penny of this funding is spent in the right way,” he said
“We also need to build strong relationships with our local communities to ensure that we work together to create the kind of Cornwall we want for our children and grandchildren.
“The impact of the economic recession and the continuing reductions in Government funding for the public sector means that we will need to work even more closely together to deliver the services which meet the needs of our residents.
“The new management structure will help us to co-ordinate our work to deliver social care and health, and move towards integrated public services for Cornwall.”
Details of the re-organisation were outlined to members and staff today.
A formal consultation will now take place with the affected staff before the start of the appointment process.