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Council may delete chief post

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Wiltshire Council could be forced to scrap two senior management positions, including the chief executive, in an attempt to balance its budget.

The council said despite having made £18m in savings last year further cuts needed to be implemented because of a reduction in government grant, increased costs and pressure on adult care services.

Under proposals to be considered by the cabinet in two weeks, the corporate director team would be cut from five to three posts at a saving of £500,000. A consultation on the plan was launched on 7 September.

The current chief executive, Andrew Kerr, was appointed in January 2010.

Earlier this year the council made savings of £8m by cutting 220 managers from its workforce. Deputy leader John Thomson (Con) was reported as saying that senior management “should not be immune” from the changes.  

Council leader Jane Scott (Con) said: “The proposal will be considered by cabinet later this month. Feedback and views received as part of the consultation process will assist the cabinet in making a decision on the future senior management structure for Wiltshire Council.”

Wiltshire became a unitary council in 2009, joining together Wiltshire CC Kennet, Salisbury, North Wiltshire and West Wiltshire DCs. The workforce was reduced by 159 in the reorganisation.

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