Budget Watch

11th December 2009 at 00:00
North Ayrshire is to restructure its senior management

North Ayrshire is to restructure its senior management, cutting out the layer below chief executive and saving pound;250,000 as part of its attempts to reduce its spending by pound;41 million over the next three years.

That means, instead of having a chief executive, four assistant chief executives (responsible for human resources, legal and protective services, finance, and business change and customer services) and three service heads, there will be a chief executive, three service directors (education and skills, social services and health, and finance, infrastucture and environment) and a solicitor responsible for legal, planning and regulatory matters.

The council's executive committee this week also agreed a plan to move five areas of community-based services - arts and culture, active schools and community sport development, children's outreach, community learning and development, and library and information services - under educational services. This will see the current 30 managers and staff in promoted posts reduced to 10, generating further savings of pound;794,000 a year.

The changes could be challenged by the scrutiny committee.

The education executive committee has already agreed to cut breakfast clubs - those with the lowest numbers will close in January and the rest by summer. The council is also cutting its school transport services to the statutory minimum.

More cuts are anticipated, however, as the authority has to reduce its costs by pound;41m over the next three years and education makes up a third of its overall budget.

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