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Tuesday 9 September 2014

Cheshire East Council saves local taxpayers £5m


Cheshire East Council has saved the Borough’s taxpayers £5 million without cutting services, the Authority’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee will hear at its meeting on Thursday September 11.

Council leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “This is fantastic news and once again demonstrates our commitment to making savings, whilst maintaining services.

“Predictions are that we expect to be in a position to continue along this path well into the next financial year 2015/16.”

Significant reductions have been achieved in management costs; as much as 19% at top tier level and 22 % in the middle tier.

Improving management arrangements across the board have contributed to the savings which have delivered a leaner, more efficient workforce.

At its meeting on Thursday, the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee will hear that the outcomes of a Management Review delivered a ‘significant overall reduction’ in the numbers of management posts, even after allowing for necessary increased capacity in priority areas such as economic growth and social care, and alignment of all new posts with the Council’s new operating model as a Strategic Commissioning organisation.

The review rationalised posts across several grades from senior management positions to frontline team leaders and supervisors.

In February, 2014 Cheshire East Council announced a council tax freeze for the fourth year running to help ease the pressure on running costs of every household.

Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “This is the strongest financial position we have been in since Cheshire East was formed and enables us to stick to our commitment to keep costs down and providing maximum value for money.

“It also proves that as an authority we are true to our word when we say that we put the residents and businesses of Cheshire East first and foremost.”

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