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Top managers’ jobs to be cut at the council

County Hall, Matlock.

County Hall, Matlock.

More senior managers jobs at Derbyshire County Council are to go as it strives to cut £157 million from its budget by 2018.

Councillors have agreed to a remove a further 27 full time equivalent senior management posts, saving £2.24 million over the next three years.

Labout council leader Councillor 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.”

Last year it 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.

Other measures the council is taking as part of The Derbyshire Challenge to make budget cuts include:

* Scrutinising all areas of spending to ensure the cash is used where it is needed most

* Adopting strict vacancy controls

* Disposing of redundant land and buildings.

* Working closely with other public services, councils, community and voluntary groups by sharing services, integrating health and social care priorities and identifying the needs of every community to see how they can best be met.

* Maximising income and grants by making sure Derbyshire benefits from Local Enterprise Partnership funds to help deliver more jobs and growth and using every opportunity to bid for extra cash to support specific projects.

In January, Cabinet announced a number of proposals for 2014/15 to help cut the county council’s budget.

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.

For more information visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/challenge

Other measures the council is taking as part of The Derbyshire Challenge to make budget cuts include:

* Scrutinising all areas of spending to ensure the cash is used where it is needed most

* Adopting strict vacancy controls

* Disposing of redundant land and buildings.

* Working closely with other public services, councils, community and voluntary groups by sharing services, integrating health and social care priorities and identifying the needs of every community to see how they can best be met.

* Maximising income and grants by making sure Derbyshire benefits from Local Enterprise Partnership funds to help deliver more jobs and growth and using every opportunity to bid for extra cash to support specific projects.

In January, Cabinet announced a number of proposals for 2014/15 to help cut the county council’s budget.

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.

For more information visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/challenge

 

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