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Senior council jobs to be axed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 13, 2014

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TWENTY-SEVEN senior managers’ jobs are to be axed at Derbyshire County Council’s to save more than £2 million.

It comes as the authority announced it would be cutting 1,600 jobs last year as part of a drive to cut £157 million from its budget by 2018.

Cabinet has now agreed to remove a further 27 full time equivalent senior management posts, saving £2.24 million over the next three years.

Council leader Councillor Anne Western said: “No one likes cutting jobs but we need to make cuts due to reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for many services.

“We said we would start by getting our own house in order – scrutinising spending, reviewing senior management and selling off redundant land.

“The senior management structure will be smaller but by working more efficiently we’re confident we can continue to deliver services for local people and use the savings to help protect some front line services.

“We can’t duck the responsibility of making these Government cuts. Like every other council we simply have no choice but we have strong leadership and excellent financial management to tackle the tasks ahead. We take our responsibility to Derbyshire very seriously and will continue to be ambitious and not despondent.”

The first phase of the review in November last year saved around £200,000 on management costs. Around £1.1 million will be saved in 2014/15 with a further £1 million over the following two years.

Staff whose posts are being removed in 2014/15 have been informed.

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