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Lambeth plans radical restructure

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Lambeth LBC is planning a major reorganisation that will abolish all of its departments and put councillors in charged of commissioning services, LGC has learned.

The borough, which announced its plan to become a “cooperative council” in 2010, is due to start the restructure in April 2013.

Under the plans, set to be announced next week, the council’s four directorates – finance and resources, adult and community services, children and young people’s services and housing, regeneration and environment – will be scrapped.

Instead, the council will adopt a “cooperative commissioning” model in which all councillors arrange services based on the demands of their local residents. Borough-wide services will be commissioned by cabinet members, whose posts will remain unchanged.

The move is seen as a key step towards the development of a “cooperative council” model, in which residents decide how services should be run.

It is not yet clear whether the restructure will lead to job losses, or how many jobs could be at risk.

However, the council plans to keep its chief executive’s post. It will also keep at least four senior directors, who will together be responsible for the service areas previously covered by the four directorates.  

Full details have not yet been announced, but the plans are due to be made clearer on Tuesday with the publication of a report on the restructure.

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