Concerns over services at council's bid to save £500,000 a year by restructuring (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Concerns over services at council's bid to save £500,000 a year by restructuring
Concerns have been raised about the work load if adult and children’s services were the responsibility of one Borough of Poole director.
In a bid to save more money the council proposes a restructure of its senior management, which will see one of its four strategic directors lose their job, saving around £100,000.
A reduction in the number of service heads from five to four in adult social care and children’s services was also proposed and a probable merger of some of the 17 service units, to save £500,000 a year.
Among those raising concerns was Liberal Democrat Cllr Sandra Moore who said: “The risk is safeguarding not just children but also adults.
“It’s a massive remit and with the change in the age of transfer, school support is of prime importance.”
Borough of Poole unanimously approved the proposals put before them by chief executive John McBride, after he told councillors the director would have an overseeing role while the unit heads would deal with the detail.
The council will in future be organised under three themes, with units grouped as to whether they deal with place, people or business improvement.
And while the employees structure may change, council leader Cllr Elaine Atkinson intends to retain a seven strong cabinet with portfolio holders keeping responsibilities.
This is the start of a service review for the local authority, which needs to save £13m over the next two years. It has already made savings of £22m and reduced staff by nine per cent.
Mr McBride had considered his own role as part of the review but said with a hung council, “now was not the right time” to be without a head of the paid service.