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Cornwall Council to save £400,000 by axing three jobs

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Cornwall Council's new chief executive Andrew Kerr

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Some of Cornwall Council’s highest paid officers are line for the chop after plans were unveiled to slim down senior ranks and save £400,000.

The authority’s newly installed chief executive, Andrew Kerr, is proposing the radical shake-up of management which will see six directorates halved in number.

Mr Kerr said it was a cost cutting measure, but also one which would help the council as it looked towards the next few years.

“We need to re-shape the council to better suit the way we will deliver services in the future,” he said.

“ This top level restructure is the first part of that process,” said Andrew Kerr.

“We are also faced with the huge challenge of having to reduce our spending by £190m over the next four years.

“Streamlining the organisation is one way of reducing our costs although a management restructure will not in itself deliver all the savings we need.”

Under the changes proposed by Mr Kerr, the current structure of six directorates will be reduced to three.

These will cover economy and the environment, localism, business management, organisational development, community safety and protection and thirdly education, social care and health.

The restructuring, which is supported by the council’s cabinet, will see the number of corporate directors reduced from six to three, delivering initial savings of around £400,000.

Once the new corporate directors have been appointed the shape and structure of all the services within the new directorates will be reviewed.

It is hoped this will deliver further management savings which will help protect frontline services.

Since he started work at Cornwall Council last month, Mr Kerr said he had worked closely with councillors to identify “key drivers for change” at the council over the next four years.

These include; supporting the Cornish economy by investing EU funding wisely, empowering local communities and giving them more freedom and flexibility to achieve their aspirations and greater co-ordination between public services

Mr Kerr said Cornwall had a lot going for it.

“Cornwall is extremely fortunate in having access to millions of pounds of EU funding to improve its economy and create new jobs and we must ensure that every penny of this funding is spent in the right way,” he said

“We also need to build strong relationships with our local communities to ensure that we work together to create the kind of Cornwall we want for our children and grandchildren.

“The impact of the economic recession and the continuing reductions in Government funding for the public sector means that we will need to work even more closely together to deliver the services which meet the needs of our residents.

“The new management structure will help us to co-ordinate our work to deliver social care and health, and move towards integrated public services for Cornwall.”

Details of the re-organisation were outlined to members and staff today.

A formal consultation will now take place with the affected staff before the start of the appointment process.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  February 10 2014, 3:58PM

    It will be nearer £600,000 once the costs of employing someone and travelling/subsistence is taken into account. If you have paid in for your pension and have not made the rules you are entitled to it. Makes more sense to allow people to go and get their pension contributions lower down the scale rather than cast them into poverty (I am sure people at this level will be OK).

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 07 2014, 2:47PM

    The restructuring, which is supported by the council's cabinet, will see the number of corporate directors reduced from six to three, delivering initial savings of around £400,000. If I read this right these three people are on £133,33 per annum, what the heck were they doing for that money and why wasn't this acted on before? Oh, its local government, spending your tax wisely.

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  • robzrob  |  February 07 2014, 2:34AM

    @JeremyBadger Dunno about modrep, but I've certainly got a gripe against Marsh and whether he's competent, viz: He recently revealed that he didn't know that Penzance heliport had been demolished & that a Sainsburys supermarket had been built & was up & running in its place. How could anybody, especially a person in charge of 'transport, waste and environment, and property and asset management' not have noticed a story that had been regularly in the county papers for about 3 years?

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  • beaujester  |  February 07 2014, 12:07AM

    ... and I suppose they will all get early retirement packages, nice fat lump sum and pension entitlement straight away? All to be paid for by the taxpayer....

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  • robzrob  |  February 06 2014, 11:14PM

    I'd like to see them all (every employee, that is, not just the top ones) just pack up their things, empty their desks & go home. Let people organise themselves. Democracy's just a word used to fool us into thinking that *we* are the government, but we're not, it will always be us and them, you can never make the the government your friend, it will always be, potentially, your greatest enemy. The Americans knew this 200 years ago (Constitution & Bill Of Rights), the English barons knew this 600 years ago (Magna Carta).

  • merrythought  |  February 06 2014, 6:15PM

    twofeetinthesnow Councillors are paid and many are making a good living out of council tax by sitting on different committees and expenses. Lets go back to the time when they did it because they were interested in their area that they lived in and wanted to improve it for the better. today its a career.

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  • merrythought  |  February 06 2014, 6:09PM

    At last a council is seeing sence. If a council lays employees off at a lower level leaves staff on high wages less responsibility so it stands to reason those at the top should go as well. That is usually done in the private sector

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  • modrep  |  February 06 2014, 5:56PM

    Oops, sorry I meant to put £80,000, not £80 - I'm not against a living wage! I'm not from the St Dennis area either (I don't know what difference that would make).

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 06 2014, 5:43PM

    Well, Modrep I bet you get more than £8000 so stop the insults and personal whinging as you clearly have a personal gripe about Peter Marsh, perhaps you come from the St Dennis area?

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  • twofeetofsnow  |  February 06 2014, 5:43PM

    This from a man who has no links with Cornwall except the high paid job he holds, perhaps his swift resignation would save Cornwall money and allow an elected Cornwall dweller to lead our Council? Nobody voted this man into office over us, like the last one he took a high paid job and already is looking at making people redundant. The whole CEO system stinks, if there isn't a County Councillor who is prepared to do the job then maybe they should all resign and be replaced by elected people who want to work for Cornwall and not just for money.

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