A consultation is under way on changes to the city council’s senior management team by the Conservative-Independent Administration. The proposals will impact on just 20 posts at the local authority but save over £600,000 a year.
The review is the second phase of a restructure of the council’s leadership team which started earlier this year. The first phase saved £450,000. Proposals in the second phase will take the total to £1m of ongoing revenue savings from senior management positions in less than six months.
Key proposals identified in the review include changes to reporting lines, the deletion of 20 posts, the creation of 12 new posts and the realignment of some services.
The proposed changes are part of a move to look at new service models for the local authority including adopting a more commercial approach to generate income for the council.
Conservative Deputy Leader Abi Brown said: “We want to be a well governed commercial council that drives efficiency in everything that we do. While there has been welcomed and increased stability across the council in the last 12 months, we can’t afford to stand still.
“By the nature of local government in these changing times, councils like other businesses have to be able to adapt and flex. These proposed changes put us in better shape to deliver the Conservative-Independent coalition’s Stronger Together vision for Stoke-on-Trent.”