£8 million could be saved as 200 council management posts are given the axe
MORE than 200 mid-tier management posts are to be cut from councils in rural Dorset in the coming months, it has emerged.
But no one is likely to be made redundant until after the new Dorset Council comes into being next April – although some could be given the opportunity to leave earlier.
There will be a loss of 30 senior managers, 127 mid-tier managers and 65 posts in corporate services, although these predicted figures may change, subject to agreement on the final structure of the new council. In time, the loss of these posts could save between £6 million and £8 million a year.
The losses will come from Weymouth and Portland borough, West Dorset, North Dorset, East Dorset, Purbeck district and Dorset County Council and will depend on who is successful in job applications.
The amount of money being set aside for redundancy payments has not been disclosed, but up to £1 million had been allocated for the loss of chief executives at Dorset County Council, East Dorset district, and Purbeck District Council.
The final figure will be less than this because it also took into account the possibility of having to make a redundancy payment to Matt Prosser, who headed the combined Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset and North Dorset councils and is now the Dorset Council chief executive.
A paper written for the shadow executive of the new council warns of the delicate balancing act of keeping senior staff motivated in the coming months, knowing that they may be about to lose their jobs, while at the same time delivering services and making the transformation to a new unitary authority.