Town hall bosses facing a £10m budget shortfall have accepted 30 voluntary redundancies – with more job losses to come.

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Great Yarmouth Borough Council must find £3.2m of savings in each of the next three years, with cabinet members to discuss where the axe will fall at a meeting tomorrow.

A blueprint for a slimmed down management structure shows £237,000 to be cut from the £620,000 executive management team, and £111,000 from the £1,387,000 service unit managers.

A voluntary redundancy drive has seen 56 staff ask to go, but three have been declined, four withdrawn and 19 are dependent on the council ensuring that services can still be delivered without the staff in question.

In a report, officers admit some staff may receive a pay-off and then have to be replaced.

It reads: “Some of these posts may need to be backfilled so the level of saving will reduce.”

Four posts will be deleted at service unit manager level, along with the role of deputy managing director.

Current managing director Richard Packham is set to leave with a pay-off of £136,000, with his job advertised on a two-year fixed-term basis initially.

Jobs in the new “flatter” management structure would be offered to current staff, under plans, with the 11 new management posts ring-fenced to current service unit managers.

The report adds: “It is expected that the posts vacated by the successful applicants... will be deleted in order to deliver the required savings.”

Plans must still be voted on at full council.

20 comments

  • Z:) mmmm ok I ordered 6 wheelie bins read the comment doh I phoned 6 times no answer ! R u sure u don't work at the council!!!!!!lol

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    Sarah

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Sarah I see why the council brushed you off. So serious. It was a joke.

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    Z:)

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • DT. No. I look, I listen and learn. Hit a raw spot has it ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • They need to employ more staff or staff even to answer the phones at the town hall, called 6 times today to order a brown wheelie bin can't do that till January as too much paperwork involved as if! A big shake up needed at the town hall get rid of the laziness there and make them wake up!!!!

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    Sarah

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • DT. Tell me why Bradwell has 6 councillors (3 north and 3 south) ?. No one knows what they do, there is no communication from them telling us what they are up to nor do we ever see them except (if your lucky) at election time, to keep them on the council gravy train. I bet they are too busy filling in their expenses to do anything else.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • "V" - with your seemingly extensive knowledge of the public sector I thought I'd just ask if you'd ever worked within it?

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    DT

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Great maybe this is the beginning of the end fro the ridiculous nanny state. People of gy deal with your own wheelie bin issues.

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    Paul Morley

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • They need to employ more staff or staff even to answer the phones at the town hall, called 6 times today to order a brown wheelie bin can't do that till January as too much paperwork involved as if! A big shake up needed at the town hall get rid of the laziness there and make them wake up!!!!

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    Sarah

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • They need to employ more staff or staff even to answer the phones at the town hall, called 6 times today to order a brown wheelie bin can't do that till January as too much paperwork involved as if! A big shake up needed at the town hall get rid of the laziness there and make them wake up!!!!

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    Sarah

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • "V" - I was simply intrigued as to what your line of employment iswas. You comment on most stories, but particularly seem to enjoy the council related stories, so just wondered if that was speaking from experience.

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    DT

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • How many officers and councillors on GYBC are Freemasons? They should all be made to leave, re-employment after large redundancy payments is fine as long as they give back their payment, what a ruse to fleece the taxpayer.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • It's OK. The council will bounce back. I'm sure the council have already phoned Kevin McCloud to do a Grand Designs episode on the Town Hall. I hear glass lifts are popular this year.

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    Caister Waster

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Lads and Lasses if you care what cash was squandered from your taxes and rates join the fight to get everything out in the open at the Public Inquiry as moves are afoot to gag me which points to skulduggery email me saveourport@btinternet.com 01493 653721

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    John L Cooper

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Probably find out the ones that have taken the handshake will be the ones that will be re employed which will make a mockery of the system nice big pay check and now here is your job back.

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    Dave

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Sarah of course there is too much paperwork. Especially with people like you ordering 6 wheelie bins.

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    Z:)

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • D.T. Your last post popped up when I posted my last. You have to keep an interest as it is our tax money they are playing with. I object to paying high council tax just so the councilors can get i-pads and expenses, but see nothing in return. It is obvious they do nothing just by looking at the state of the town. They (regardless of political persuasion) would rather spend money on the Seafront that only benefits a minority than spend it on the majority. Just go to the council website and look at the monthly spending charts they have to produce by law. What the hell are, some of the things they are spending our money on ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • "V" - with your seemingly extensive knowledge of the public sector I thought I'd just ask if you'd ever worked within it?

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    DT

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Still afford I-pads for the useless councillors though !. How about consulting with the public on who should go and who should stay ?. The cuts as laid out above do not go anywhere near far enough. And why the backfill or replacements ?. Force the others to work harder. After all it is our money that pays their wages.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • They need to employ more staff or staff even to answer the phones at the town hall, called 6 times today to order a brown wheelie bin can't do that till January as too much paperwork involved as if! A big shake up needed at the town hall get rid of the laziness there and make them wake up!!!!

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    Sarah

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • They need to employ more staff or staff even to answer the phones at the town hall, called 6 times today to order a brown wheelie bin can't do that till January as too much paperwork involved as if! A big shake up needed at the town hall get rid of the laziness there and make them wake up!!!!

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    Sarah

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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