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Senior council jobs under threat

The number of senior managers at York council look set to be cut by ten per cent under a shake-up, to save £15m in the city over the next three years.

Chief executive Kersten England said up to 34 management posts could go out of total of 360, saving the council about £1.5m a year.

Budget cuts in adult care services are also likely along with the closure of the council's payment office.

Full details of the plan will go before councillors on 15 December.

Councils across the country are facing serious financial pressures, as a result of government funding and increased pressure of services
Kersten England, chief executive

City of York Council said the proposals were designed to make the council more customer-focused and responsive to the needs of local communities.

It is part of the council's More for York project, which is aimed at making savings of £15m up until 2012.

One option is to reduce the number of directorates from six to five but the council's executive board is being recommended to approve a reduction to four.

Mrs England said it was her intention to have the new corporate management team in place from 1 April 2010.

'Ruthless review'

"The message is the reductions will fall more heavily at the senior level because I want to maintain levels of management towards the frontline and I want in place a small tight leadership team," she said.

"Part of this agenda is reviewing ruthlessly everything we do internally that is bureaucratic and unnecessary."

Other measures include cutting funding for adult care services by £140,000 with the aim of allowing elderly people to remain in their homes.

In addition, it is estimated closing the council's payment office in Library Square and introducing a new system could save the authority up to £125,000 a year.

Mrs England said: "Councils across the country are facing serious financial pressures, both as a result of government funding and increased pressure of services.

"We need to act now to ensure that we can continue to provide high quality services for York in the future."

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