Senior Management Restructure at Wiltshire Council

Senior Management Restructure

Since Wiltshire Council was formed in 2009, it has taken radical steps to empower its communities and invest in important services. Under the leadership of Chief Executive, Andrew Kerr who was appointed in January 2010, the council has made significant and positive changes, including saving over £18 million last year and delivering a four year Business Plan that saves over £100 million, invests over £85 million in to front line services and protects the most vulnerable in our communities.

However, the pressures on the council’s budget both now and in the future are not to be underestimated. Next year the council needs to find additional savings as a result of the reduction in government grant, increased costs as a result of inflation, and the increasing number of older people requiring adult care services and young people requiring support.

Wiltshire Council’s strong foundations and excellent links with communities enable it to propose the following to make these additional savings:

To reduce the senior management costs by a further £500,000 (£8 million has already been saved following a reduction of 220 managers earlier this year). This further reduction will include the proposed deletion of the chief executive post, the proposed deletion of one corporate director post to reduce the number of corporate directors to three.

The consultation on these proposals has started today (7 September) for a period of two weeks. The proposal and feedback following the consultation period will be considered by Cabinet during week commencing 26 September.

 Jane Scott, council leader said; “The process that has started today is on a proposal for a revised senior management structure. The proposal will be considered by Cabinet later this month. Feedback and views received as part of the consultation process will assist the Cabinet in making a decision on the future senior management structure for Wiltshire Council.”

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