Council to axe two top directors in bid to save six-figure sum each year

Wyre Civic Centre
Wyre Civic Centre

A Lancashire council is to consider restructuring its senior management team in a bid to save up to £132,000 a year.

At present the chief executive of Wyre Borough is assisted two corporate directors supported by 12 heads of services.

Under new plans the corporate director posts would be removed and three new service directors created from current officers, reducing the number of heads of services from 12 to nine.

The new posts would report directly to the chief executive of the council.

Council leader Coun Peter Gibson (pictured) said: “Both our corporate directors have done a brilliant job during their time at Wyre and their help in devising a new structure that will continue to deliver excellent services has been invaluable.

“This proposal reflects a leadership development programme that has been going on within the council and I’m confident that the directors will leave a very experienced team in place, strengthened by a period of mentoring and support before the changes would be implemented.

“We have a proven track record of saving money, with £7m saved since 2005 including £3.4m from staffing and salaries. With another £3m to be found by 2018 it is essential that we continue to review every aspect of how the council operates, with protecting front line services being the priority.”

Councillors will consider the proposals at a meeting on June 25.

If approved, recruitment for the new posts would take place this summer to allow sufficient shadowing and development to take place before the new structure is implemented in July 2016.

Also up for discussion at the meeting is a £5,000 pay rise for the council’s chief executive.

The agenda for the council meeting also reveals that the three new service director posts – environment, customer support and health & wellbeing –will include a remuneration package of £57,500 to £61,000.