Boss share saves costs

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TWO councils are to share senior managers to slash around £150,000 a year.

The reduction of directors at Bolsover and NE Derbyshire District councils is the latest move in a strategic alliance to save £1.5m annually.

It means their six directors, three from each authority, will be reduced to four to be appointed in October.

Further savings from sharing managers, or providing some services jointly, will then be considered.

As reported by the Derbyshire Times, the ground-breaking alliance launched in April after the Government’s public spending review saw both councils face losing millions of pounds in funding.

A joint chief executive, Wes Lumley, has already been put in place.

Bolsover District Council leader Cllr Eion Watts said: “The funding we both receive for providing services to our local communities has been significantly reduced, so we cannot just stand still and do nothing.

“That’s why we are taking this strong, positive action, so we can make the savings needed without having to cut vital services residents rely on.”

Council chiefs stress that both authorities will retain their geographic, political and administrative boundaries.

NE Derbyshire District Council leader Cllr Graham Baxter said: “Bolsover and NE Derbyshire have an excellent record of working in partnership, going back many years. Even before our alliance we shared some key functions such as ICT and procurement. We will continue to work together – and with other councils and organisations – to look at more ways to share resources during challenging times.”

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