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Purge of "Fat Cats" begins at Thurrock Council

THURROCK councillors have supported a plan by new chief executive Lyn Carpenter to create two new director posts and save the council £430,000 from top salaries.

Ten weeks into the job, Mrs Carpenter put her proposals up for discussion at Wednesday (25 November) evening’s meeting of the council.

The report stated: “Overall the proposal reduces the number of senior officers by three (14 per cent) and saves around £430,000.

“The current budget already assumes an in-year saving of £167,000 which was intended to be delivered through shared services so this proposal both meets that target and delivers a further £263,000 reduction.”

Speaking afterwards Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent said: “We all know the previous chief executive was planning to restructure, but due to his departure this was not completed and I think we need to congratulate Lyn on her prioritisation of this issue through consultation and the delivery of the initial proposals.

“Although were asked to approve two new director positions, overall there is a reduction in senior staff, and three current heads of service – Finance, Legal and HR – are being given ‘director’ titles, but no extra salary.

“This is completely in line with their roles as Chief Officers for the council,” he added.

Cllr Kent said: “The challenges ahead require us to be lean and efficient as an organisation and this is just the latest step; a streamlined senior management team allowing us to focus on those challenges and maximise our ability to deal with the ever-increasing pressures on our services while receiving ever-decreasing resources.”

The two new posts are a Corporate Director of Environment and Place bringing together various services such as regeneration, environment and planning which drive the public realm agenda around Thurrock being a good place to live and work and a Director of Commercial Services and Commissioning to ensure a commercial approach to innovation, income-generation, commissioning and procurement has a specific place at the top table.

Following last week’s announcement that the Director of Children’s Services, Carmel Littleton, had submitted her resignation, members agreed her post could also be advertised.

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