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City council axes half top managers

Loss of 48 jobs will save £4.5m a year

Published on December 16th 2010.

City council axes half top managers

Liverpool City Council is cutting through its ‘top-heavy and bloated’ senior management set-up in a move it claims will save £4.5m a year.

Forty-eight of the council's senior managers – more than half the current total of 91 - are to go in the shake-up, and the number of council business units will be reduced from 74 to 27.

The council said the changes will provide a ‘streamlined, more efficient and less bureaucratic administration with fewer middle managers.’

Joe Anderson, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: "I have always said that when it comes to cutbacks, they should start at the top. Quite frankly, the city council has suffered from a top-heavy, bloated senior management set-up, weighted down with too much paperwork, form filling and box ticking.

“These radical changes mean we will have a much leaner, more efficient team of managers that will be 100 per cent focused on delivering the council's priorities - reducing waste and bureaucracy and making sure that, despite the cutbacks, we continue to deliver excellent services that meet today's demands and the needs of our residents."

Under the new structure, the senior management of the city council will consist of a chief executive; director of children and young people's services; director of operations; director of regeneration and employment; director of finance and resources; director of housing and neighbourhoods and director of adult services and health.

They will be supported by eleven assistant directors and 25 divisional managers (down from 91), leading 16,000 staff and teachers employed by the city council.

There has also been a reduction in the salary bands of senior managers to reflect the current constraints on council spending.

Chief Executive: Proposed pay band - £197,500(Was £203,500)

Directors: Proposed pay band - £120,000 - £140,000 (Was up to £159,975)

Assistant Directors: Proposed pay band - £75,000 - £90,000 (Was up to £117,816)

Divisional Managers: Proposed pay band - up to £65,000 (Was up to £83,569)

The city council has already axed performance related pay for senior managers, saving £300,000 per year.

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RadiorogersideDecember 14th 2010.

A good start towards Equality of Sacrifice, pensions should also be frozen until natural retirement age if another job is obtained, in the situations were severance pay was awarded. Next lets move into the Police service and the NHS and start the culls at the top. Most of these job salaries were manipulated through job evaluation schemes using a matrix of numbers of staff under supervision, departments responsible, levels of budgets controlled. Since departments are outsourced , staff numbers reduced, budgets cut the matrix should be readjusted to reflect the reduced/downward levels in the job evaluation... The anachronism of a protected grades structure should also be abolished..If your are not up to the job you certainly should not retain a rate higher when reduced to a lesser responsibility.

Anon TooDecember 15th 2010.

Funny. The council decides it can survive perfectly well with half the senior management, but not until the government forces them into it.

How many others have been riding the public sector gravy train? Overstaffed and pverpaid.

Corpie MackDecember 15th 2010.

The highly paid ones are the only ones who can actually take early retirement and live on their "gold-plated" (© The Daily Mail) pensions.

99% of Council employees will be entitled to welfare benefits when they are sacked ot retired because they will be so badly off.

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