£8 mil­lion could be saved as 200 coun­cil man­age­ment posts are given the axe

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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.

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