Bexley Council could cut more than 300 jobs to become 'leaner'

News Shopper: Bexley Council could cut more than 300 jobs to become "leaner" Bexley Council could cut more than 300 jobs to become "leaner"

Bexley Council is suggesting slashing around 360 jobs after central government funding dries up over the next five years.

Councillors are deciding how to plug the £40 million savings gap which must be filled by 2019.

The council’s financial support from central Government has reduced by around a third for the 2010-2015 period and there has been increased financial pressure on children’s and adults’ services.

The cabinet will meet on Tuesday evening to discuss the proposals - which will begin by a shake-up of council directors - and a consultation will begin on July 21.

The agenda report describes how Bexley Council is considering getting rid of around 360 full-time employees out of its 1,700-strong workforce by 2018.  

The savings proposals will also be discussed on the General Purposes meeting on Wednesday evening when other proposals will be considered  including renegotiation of staff terms and conditions and a four-year pay freeze for management.

Councillors told News Shopper they hope residents will contribute to say where cuts should happen.

Bexley’s council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neil said: “We want to hear from residents about the services they value the most so we know what to prioritise.

“We will be considering a blueprint for top management on Wednesday. We are starting at director level and then looking at deputy directors.

“It’s also worth pointing out the strategy takes us up to 2018 so these job changes are part of a long-term plan. 

"Some of these job losses will happen through people leaving voluntarily or being redeployed."

Deputy leader Councillor Gareth Bacon said: “We need to be leaner and we need to make savings at the top end of this structure.

“This is the first step and won’t just be director-level but there will be other jobs. 

“It was one of the things the council has to do because we need to be responsive.

“The director of education and social care got another job and so it was an opportune moment to change things. We are proposing splitting that role into two roles, one for children and one for adults.

“The posts of director of environment and wellbeing and director of customer and corporate services will be effectively merged into a new role, instead it will be director of regeneration, communities and customer services.”

The cabinet meeting is open to the public and will take place at 7.30pm on July 15 at the Civic Offices in Watling Street.

The meeting will be webcast and can be viewed online either live or afterwards here.

Further details of the consultation will be released next week.

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6:52pm Fri 11 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

The big lady has spoken!. Will she get leaner?.
The big lady has spoken!. Will she get leaner?. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Are the politicians aware we have brains. 360 ftes is 360 people working 5 days a week. In fact more will go. For peter ellershaw a nice settlement for his retirement. For the new deputy chief exec. Aka Paul Moore.... A hefty pay rise. For the rest who knows but they do not care. For residents a frozen council tax with 20 per cent less services. And unbelievable to say some staff will be redeployed. If they are they are still on the payroll they will not be part of the 360 leaving. In 2010 the chief executive who was on £200k plus called will tuckley said they would avoid compulsory redundancies. They still happened. Many of us lost jobs. Some suffered worse fate if you look at the ofsted report on looked after children. And now will tuckley is still there earning as a top 10 bureaucrat and more than David Cameroon. I think DC does a lot more personally.
Are the politicians aware we have brains. 360 ftes is 360 people working 5 days a week. In fact more will go. For peter ellershaw a nice settlement for his retirement. For the new deputy chief exec. Aka Paul Moore.... A hefty pay rise. For the rest who knows but they do not care. For residents a frozen council tax with 20 per cent less services. And unbelievable to say some staff will be redeployed. If they are they are still on the payroll they will not be part of the 360 leaving. In 2010 the chief executive who was on £200k plus called will tuckley said they would avoid compulsory redundancies. They still happened. Many of us lost jobs. Some suffered worse fate if you look at the ofsted report on looked after children. And now will tuckley is still there earning as a top 10 bureaucrat and more than David Cameroon. I think DC does a lot more personally. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 10

8:29pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Before someone says 20 per cent cuts but the same council tax put 360 and 1700 into a calculator. I did with my son's. If we ask our ukip members they would say pay no more than £100,000. Ask union members and they would say pay no less than £12000. Both can happen. Everyone's happy except the big cheeses.
Before someone says 20 per cent cuts but the same council tax put 360 and 1700 into a calculator. I did with my son's. If we ask our ukip members they would say pay no more than £100,000. Ask union members and they would say pay no less than £12000. Both can happen. Everyone's happy except the big cheeses. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 7

8:34pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" Bexley’s council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neil said: ““We want to hear from residents about the services they value the most so we know what to prioritise. "

Well O'Neil that would put you at the bottom of residents priorities.

Taxi for O'Neil.
" Bexley’s council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neil said: ““We want to hear from residents about the services they value the most so we know what to prioritise. " Well O'Neil that would put you at the bottom of residents priorities. Taxi for O'Neil. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Begin with a shake up of directors is as follows.... Director of environment retires. Two directors take over from mark charters who is in the isle of man now. And the director of corporate services takes on environment. No reduction in numbers and I bet no reduction in the salary budget for these rich people. For one a hefty pay rise with the tag of deputy chief executive.
Begin with a shake up of directors is as follows.... Director of environment retires. Two directors take over from mark charters who is in the isle of man now. And the director of corporate services takes on environment. No reduction in numbers and I bet no reduction in the salary budget for these rich people. For one a hefty pay rise with the tag of deputy chief executive. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 8

2:38pm Sat 12 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Erm the council should be responsible rather than responsive.
Erm the council should be responsible rather than responsive. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Bestbaz says...

I will say it again as my last comment was removed !!!

I hope that my local councillors get their P45, as IMHO, they are a waste of a salary from taxpayers money. Get rid of some of these fat lazy cats,.

That will make a big saving, and negotiate cheaper contracts ,spend money wisely. As fine example is the wasted money spent in Broadway Bexleyheath. In less than a year many of the blocks are either broken or sunk
I will say it again as my last comment was removed !!! I hope that my local councillors get their P45, as IMHO, they are a waste of a salary from taxpayers money. Get rid of some of these fat lazy cats,. That will make a big saving, and negotiate cheaper contracts ,spend money wisely. As fine example is the wasted money spent in Broadway Bexleyheath. In less than a year many of the blocks are either broken or sunk Bestbaz
  • Score: 22

2:37pm Sun 13 Jul 14

tonylangridge says...

Can we begin with traffic wardens? especially those who jump out of un marked vehicles to book motorist!
Can we begin with traffic wardens? especially those who jump out of un marked vehicles to book motorist! tonylangridge
  • Score: -3

10:28am Mon 14 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

1% payrise in 5 years, effective 9% paycut yet more directors at higher salaries and less staff at ground level to do the actual work! Hmm doesn't add up.
1% payrise in 5 years, effective 9% paycut yet more directors at higher salaries and less staff at ground level to do the actual work! Hmm doesn't add up. concerned.erith
  • Score: -3
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