Coun­cil to re­struc­ture its team of man­agers

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

CARDIFF coun­cil is to re­struc­ture its se­nior man­age­ment team – for the third time in five years.

Each of the changes to Wales’ big­gest author­ity have been un­der Labour ad­min­is­tra­tions.

When Labour took over con­trol of the coun­cil in May 2012 then-leader Heather Joyce in­creased the num­ber of man­age­ment roles to 27 di­rec­tors and as­sis­tant di­rec­tors in­stead of 18.

But then in 2015 Phil Bale’s ad­min­is­tra­tion axed four di­rec­tors to save £650,000.

Now, un­der Huw Thomas, four roles will be got rid of but the coun­cil say it is a “cost-neu­tral” move.

Top of the coun­cil is chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Or­ders with Chris­tine Sal­ter sec­ond in com­mand. There are then six di­rec­tors and six as­sis­tant di­rec­tors and three other se­nior man­agers.

Un­der the new plans an­other cor­po­rate di­rec­tor role will be cre­ated. There will be six di­rec­tor-level roles and seven as­sis­tant di­rec­tors.

New posts of cor­po­rate di­rec­tor peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties, chief dig­i­tal of­fi­cer, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor cor­po­rate land­lord, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor street scene, and head of demo­cratic ser­vices will be cre­ated.

But the di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ties, hous­ing and cus­tomer ser­vices, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for chil­dren’s ser­vices, en­ter­prise ar­chi­tec­ture op­er­a­tional man­ager, and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor com­mer­cial ser­vices will all be deleted.

There are two em­ploy­ees un­der the pro­posed se­nior man­age­ment model who will po­ten­tially lose their jobs as part of the re­struc­ture.

If they choose not to reap­ply or are not suc­cess­ful in ap­ply­ing for a new role they would be made re­dun­dant and re­ceive a sev­er­ance pack­age.

The cur­rent di­rec­tor of so­cial ser­vices, Tony Young, will re­tire next year and his role will need to be ad­ver­tised ex­ter­nally.

His re­place­ment will also di­rectly man­age chil­dren’s ser­vices and the role of as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for chil­dren’s ser­vices will be deleted after five at­tempts to fill it failed.

The coun­cil say it is an “evo­lu­tion of ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments” to bring re­sources in line with the agenda of new leader Coun Thomas.

Dis­cus­sions with af­fected mem­bers of staff and the trade unions have be­gun.

Once cab­i­net ap­prove the move next week there will be a con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod. Then a fur­ther re­port will fol­low. Leader of the Lib­eral Demo­crat group Joe Boyle said: “When Labour cre­ated this man­age­ment-heavy struc­ture after the pre­vi­ous elec­tions we said it was un­sus­tain­able.

“Today we have been proved right. The tax­payer has been shoul­der­ing a bur­den for roles that will now be made re­dun­dant.

“Hard-work­ing peo­ple will also lose their jobs be­cause they have been placed in un­sus­tain­able roles. This is a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion that would not have arisen if the Labour-run coun­cil had bet­ter man­aged its bud­get.”

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