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Cipfa past president to lose job as county seeks £35m savings

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The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s past president Andy Burns is set to lose his job at Staffordshire CC as the county seeks to close a £35m budget shortfall next year.

Mr Burns’ director of finance and resources role is to be eliminated as part of a reduction to the senior management team.

The role of director of strategy, governance and change, held by John Tradewell, will also be eliminated.

Both of these roles are to be replaced by a new director of corporate services position. Following a review Mr Tradewell has been recommended to that new role. The decision is still subject to councillors approving it at a meeting in December.

Mr Burns joined Staffordshire in 2006 having previously worked for metropolitan and county authorities in the West Midlands. He was Cipfa president last year while he is also a past-president of the Society of County Treasurers and financial adviser to the Local Government Association.

Philip Atkins (Con), leader of Staffordshire, which has a net revenue budget of £495m in 2018-19, said: “Having reduced running costs by £240m in the last nine years, we face extremely difficult decisions to meet our legal duty to balance the books next year.

“To protect frontline and universal services, we are making significant savings in the back office, and subject to approval by full council in December that will start with our senior leadership team.

“Work is underway on a range of cost saving proposals and, together with councils across the country, we continue to lobby government on the urgent need for more funding for adult and children’s social care.

“We will know the outcome of this when government announces the funding settlement for councils in England on 6 December.”

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