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CARDIFF OVERHAUL PUTS MAYORS IN POWER

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Cardiff CC has decided the details of a new political structure which includes a cabinet of seven mayors and deputy...
Cardiff CC has decided the details of a new political structure which includes a cabinet of seven mayors and deputy mayors.

The make-up of the cabinet reflects proposals to streamline the council's departmental structure. This is intended to result in the creation of seven departments, each headed by a newly appointed 'corporate manager'.

The departmental changes, which are expected to produce significant cuts in the senior salaries wage bill, were due to be discussed with directors and assistant directors today.

Under the Cardiff cabinet model, leader Russell Goodway assumes the new title lord mayor. The separate post of mayor has been abolished.

'The merger of the roles of leader and lord mayor results in the combination of a civic and political figurehead, who carries identifiable and accountable responsibility for policy delivery,' a paper presented to council by chief executive Byron Davies says.

Deputy leader Gordon Houlston has become deputy lord

mayor and five other cabinet members have been named deputy mayors. The single-party cabinet also includes a chief whip.

The five deputy mayors have each been given a portfolio which reflects the proposed new departmental structure at the council's first cabinet meeting this week. They will be supported by two 'executive councillors' each.

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