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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Council's ‘streamlined’ management unveiled

THE number of senior managers at Copeland Council has been cut from seven to five.

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Chief executive: Paul Walker

By Andrew Clarke

The council’s restructure took effect on Tuesday, creating a “smaller, leaner” management team at a saving of £110,000.

The team now includes the £110,000-a-year chief executive Paul Walker and four other posts:

director of economic growth – Pat Graham

head of customer and community services – Julie Betteridge

head of Copeland services – Janice Carrol in the interim; the council will be making a permanent appointment in the near future

director of resources and strategic commissioning – job currently being advertised, closing date is April 22

It is the third management streamlining exercise at the council in four years, reducing management costs by £350,000 over that time.

The council says it is significant that two of its director posts are targeted directly at encouraging economic growth and the council moving towards commissioning services in future.

Paul Walker said: “Central Government cuts to our funding continue, year on year, so it is important we look to reduce costs and deliver efficiencies in all areas of the organisation.

“Reviewing and streamlining our senior management is one of the ways we can do this. As the role of local authorities changes over time, it is important we have in place the right leadership structure to deliver the council’s priorities and commitments, and the new structure can do this by being leaner and more agile.

“The two new director level posts emphasise where the focus of much of our work will be – on delivering economic growth across Copeland and developing new ways of working and new alternative ways of delivering services.”

Copeland’s portfolio holder for finance and HR, Gillian Troughton, added: “We’ve had to take some difficult decisions in creating this new structure, but I am confident that the proposals offer us the best possible management structure to move the organisation forward and deliver our transformation programme.”

Have your say

People here are good at hating the council workers without knowing the facts, in fact, they excel at it. Council workers, in general, are not on high fallutin wages unlike other places and don't get lavish bonuses either.
Instead of taking the easy option, spouting hatred at council workers, try doing some research, it's not that difficult.

Posted by Nicky on 7 April 2014 at 16:11

Pretty sure that if seven managers have been reduced to five, that means staff have left the council, and not been moved to other roles. Also sure that council staff don't get bonuses. Let's stop the hating, people, we're better than that.

Posted by Voice O'Reason on 7 April 2014 at 10:58

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