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Restructure to Save 1.2Million Pounds

As part of the councils plans to save over £13 million and achieve a balanced budget in challenging economic times; this week’s Full Council meeting will consider proposals to reduce the senior management structure at Bedford Borough Council, saving £1.2million.

In order to do this the council will need to discuss sensitive personal information which means Agenda Item 22 will have to be considered in a private session.

The report follows a period of consultation with staff and Trade Unions which was launched after approval by the councils General Purposes Committee in September 2010. The proposal not only provides a much needed £1.2 million saving, with no impact on frontline services but it also presents a more streamlined, fit for purpose structure for the Council. This comes on top of £11 million of savings approved at December’s Executive Meeting.

Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council, Philip Simpkins, said: “We, like many other local authorities, have to make savings to deliver a balanced budget. We have already agreed a number of proposals to help us do that, including re-structuring our debt and changing the routes of our rubbish collection lorries. These alone have saved a combined £660,000.

“However, we have also been forced to look very seriously at our staffing levels, including our senior management structure. The changes put forward will allow us to save £1.2million per year while ensuring the Council is able to continue to provide excellent services for local residents.

“I firmly believe the Council should be open and transparent for local taxpayers. We are committed to providing open government and to this end we will be publishing information regarding senior staff salaries. However, on this occasion the recommendations include sensitive information regarding specific officer roles and therefore cannot be discussed in public. Once all staff have been notified the Council’s new Senior Management Structure will be available on the Council’s website.”

 

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