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Kent County Council job cuts save residents an eight per cent council tax rise
CUTTING 1,500 jobs has saved Kent County Council from having to make an eight per cent council tax rise.
KCC said more than £40million has been taken out of its staffing budget in the last year – a significant chunk of the £195m it has to save upto 2013. It said restructuring the senior management has saved £1m alone.
Council leader, councillor Paul Carter said: “Removing chief executive posts is what more and more councils should be doing.
“Employment law and contractual obligations mean we have to pay significant redundancy costs but it will save a fortune in the long run.
“Our council is now being guided by officers who have worked their way up and know what life is like from a Kent taxpayers’ perspective.
“The highest paid staff in local government are valuable, experienced people but when savings need to be made I think taxpayers would rather see cuts to management than to frontline staff.
“Kent is putting its faith more and more in the talented people who actually deliver good, frontline services and streamlining management tiers.”