Top jobs among those to go at Tewkesbury Borough Council as it seeks to save £500,000
SENIOR manager posts are among those being axed at Tewkesbury Borough Council to save £500,000 a year.
The authority yesterday revealed 11 full-time positions from across the council would be made redundant over the next few months.
Bosses said the jobs to go would come from vacant positions not being filled and, where possible, voluntary redundancies.
It forms part of a review of the whole organisation, based at the council offices in Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury.
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A new management structure, including a new corporate leadership team, will be set up. For the first time, there will be a deputy chief executive.
The aim will be to become more efficient and better able to meet the tough financial challenges the council expects to face now and in the future. The £500,000 represents a third of the £1.5 million the council has to find to plug the gap in its budget for £2013/14.
The council's leader is Councillor Robert Vines (C, Badgeworth).
He said: "This organisational review is an essential part of our savings plan. We need to make £1.5m of savings for the next financial year and like most organisations our staffing costs are a large proportion of our expenditure.
"As a result, we have had to reduce costs through creating a new organisational structure that reflects our priorities and our business needs while protecting services.
"Thanks to very careful planning, we have managed to achieve this, and we are introducing a structure which not only saves a significant amount of money but also provides necessary flexibility and support."
He said staff would be supported as much as possible through the process.
The council said it had set aside £790,000 to cover redundancy payments but did not expect all of that would be needed.
It said the redundancy cost would be offset, by the savings made within 18 months.