Council could cut management jobs

David Hill, CEO Milton Keynes Countil
David Hill, CEO Milton Keynes Countil

TOP council bosses could face the axe as part of a radical overhauling of services in a bid to save money.

The management structure currently in place at the Civic Offices is set to be restructured which will see a reduction in the number of senior and middle managers in a bid to create nine service groups ‘focused on service delivery.’

The council is currently in the process of cutting its budgets by a huge £40 million over the next three years.

Nearly £22 million was cut from the budget last year and this latest announcement is the next stage in its attempts to save cash.

David Hill, Milton Keynes Council chief executive, presented the new Organisational Transformation Programme to cabinet last Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Hill said: “In the last two years we have made substantial savings alongside significant improvements in service areas, such as children and young people’s services, which is rated as performing well by Ofsted, making us one the four fastest improving authorities in the country.

“But we cannot simply do more of the same in the years ahead.

“We face further major reductions in Government funding, as well as changes in education and health services, and the shift towards localism.

“This will set new challenges for us, and our partners, in the way that we engage with communities and deliver services.

“Standing still is not an option. We need to transform the way we operate.

“Over the coming 18 months the council’s Organisational Transformation Programme will affect almost everything the council does, and at every turn we will need to find new ways of improving and modernising services in a targeted and efficient manner.

“The management reorganisation will not deliver the full savings requirement by itself, but will improve the capacity of the organisation to meet the challenges ahead.”