December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Council workers have been briefed on a new staffing structure, designed to help the authority make £10m of cuts in the next three years.
Trevor Wainwright, council leader, said: “This structure has been designed over a period of time by a project board of councillors and senior staff.
“Managers right across the council have been working with their staff to provide feedback to the board on the council’s work pressures and how it may improve the services provided to residents.”
Trade unions have been included in the process to make a “significant contribution” towards cutting the council’s costs by the required £3.2 million per year.
“The staffing changes will not meet all the savings needed,” added Mr Wainwright. “And the council is also looking at ways in which it can raise extra revenue, whilst trying to identify further efficiencies, including better value for money from some of its contracts.”
Voluntary redundancies are sought, and the new structure would allow for this.
Internal consultation is underway, with a view to full implementation from April 2013.
Mr Wainwright stressed he wants to ensure that resources reflect customer demand and that the council maintains “a skilled workforce who have a strong focus on providing the best possible services” to local people.