Comms chief lat­est ca­su­alty

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Kent County Coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief has be­come the lat­est ca­su­alty of a cut in the num­ber of se­nior man­agers work­ing for the au­thor­ity.

Matt Bur­rows has left his £96,000 a year post as part of the lat­est cost-cut­ting re­or­gan­i­sa­tion at County Hall.

It is un­der­stood that he is not work­ing out his three months no­tice and is on paid leave un­til April, when the di­rec­tor’s role will of­fi­cially be scrapped. He took up the di­rec­tor’s post two years ago – join­ing KCC from the Lon­don bor­ough of Croy­don where he was in charge of me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Pre­vi­ously, he was head of me­dia re­la­tions at Sur­rey County Coun­cil.

A re­duc­tion in se­nior man­agers is among the plans to save KCC more than £80m in 2014-15, as is a pro­posal to in­crease coun­cil tax for the first time for three years.

A 1.9% in­crease in bills will, if agreed, add a fur­ther £20 to av­er­age bills. The bud­get is due to be agreed next month.

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