Senior managers jobs to go as Derbyshire County Council look to make budget savings

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More senior managers’ jobs are to go at Derbyshire County Council as part of the organisation’s drive to slash £157 million from its budget by 2018.

At a meeting last week, the authority’s cabinet agreed to remove a further 27 full time equivalent senior management posts, saving £2.24 million over the next three years.

Council leader Anne Western said: “No one likes cutting jobs but we need to make cuts due to reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for many services.

“We said we would start by getting our own house in order – scrutinising spending, reviewing senior management and selling off redundant land.

“The senior management structure will be smaller but by working more efficiently we’re confident we can continue to deliver services for local people and use the savings to help protect some front line services.”

She added: “We can’t duck the responsibility of making these Government cuts. Like every other council across the country we simply have no choice but we have strong leadership and excellent financial management to tackle the tasks ahead. We take our responsibility to Derbyshire very seriously and will continue to be ambitious and not despondent.”

The first phase of the review in November last year saved around £200,000 on management costs. Around £1.1 million will be saved in 2014/15 with a further £1 million over the following two years.

The county council will be asking for people’s comments on its budget cut proposals over the next two years and is currently asking for local people’s views on cuts to mobile libraries and children’s centres.

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