Lancashire County Council axes top jobs to save £1m

LANCASHIRE County Council has slashed the number of top directors it employs in an attempt to save £1million.

Eight high-earners have left County Hall, leaving the council with 21 people in its management team.

The council said the new model would be ‘simpler and leaner’ as it looked to make £179million spending cuts.

It comes as bosses predicted they would be able to avoid a single compulsory redundancy in their cuts programme.

Council leader Geoff Driver said: “We set out to avoid compulsory redundancies, and it looks as though we will be able to do it without any at all, which is really good news.

“The way it’s been done is definitely not the easiest way, but we are convinced it’s the right way.

"Whoever caused the country to get into this financial mess, it definitely wasn’t the staff of Lancashire County Council.”

This week saw the deadline for applications for voluntary redundancy, with thousands of requests believed to have been submitted, although many will not be accepted.

Coun Driver has refused to reveal how many jobs would go as part of the spending cuts.

The new management setup has removed two executive director positions, the most senior roles behind chief executive Phil Halsall.

One of these was the role of executive director of resources, previously occupied by Mr Halsall before his promotion, and the other was executive director for policy.

Seven directors have also gone, including those in charge of IT, human resources and customer services.

All the reductions were carried out via requests for voluntary redundancy and early retirement, Coun Driver said.

Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of the council’s opposition Labour group, said: “The key thing will be to see if we can still perform properly.”

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5:31pm Tue 10 May 11

Atticman says...

“But the key thing will be to see if we can still perform properly.”

Well with the mobile phone cost and the other failurs it ain't going to be any worse surely!

If some of these people worked for a private company they would have been fired ages ago for imcompitance and gross misconduct. Because the firms couldn't afford some of the costly mistakes these people make time and time again.
“But the key thing will be to see if we can still perform properly.” Well with the mobile phone cost and the other failurs it ain't going to be any worse surely! If some of these people worked for a private company they would have been fired ages ago for imcompitance and gross misconduct. Because the firms couldn't afford some of the costly mistakes these people make time and time again. Atticman
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6:15pm Tue 10 May 11

Cathan2 says...

Local councils should cap high wages at a maximum £99,999.
Wages should be public knowledge.
Professional jobs should not hide behide vague A-Z pay scales in job adverts and other publications.
Minimum wages need to be increased and very high wages in any public sector service reduced to below £100K.
A working week of 40 hours at £50 per hour earns £104,000 per annum.
Current minimum wage for those aged over 21 years is £5.93.
A 40 hour working week at £5.93 earns £12,334 per annum.
Local councils should cap high wages at a maximum £99,999. Wages should be public knowledge. Professional jobs should not hide behide vague A-Z pay scales in job adverts and other publications. Minimum wages need to be increased and very high wages in any public sector service reduced to below £100K. A working week of 40 hours at £50 per hour earns £104,000 per annum. Current minimum wage for those aged over 21 years is £5.93. A 40 hour working week at £5.93 earns £12,334 per annum. Cathan2
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6:26pm Tue 10 May 11

burner says...

Good start. Only 20 more to go !
Good start. Only 20 more to go ! burner
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6:45pm Tue 10 May 11

BjornAganeByka says...

Privatise the bl**dy lot say I !!!!!
These time-servers and pen-pushers in all aspects of the public sector wouldn't last five minutes in the private sector.
There's no "sabbaticals" or "compassionate leave" or "personal days" in private enterprise. No lengthy holidays, sick-pay for months on end, early retirements on index-linked pensions and certainly no jobs-for-life.
Just hard work, that's all.
Privatise the bl**dy lot say I !!!!! These time-servers and pen-pushers in all aspects of the public sector wouldn't last five minutes in the private sector. There's no "sabbaticals" or "compassionate leave" or "personal days" in private enterprise. No lengthy holidays, sick-pay for months on end, early retirements on index-linked pensions and certainly no jobs-for-life. Just hard work, that's all. BjornAganeByka
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