The nine reorganising counties employed around 230 chief officers and deputy chief officers until this year. By 1997, when the unitary councils take over, they expect to have 130 senior staff.
The counties have been cutting top teams in anticipation of losing on average a third of their staff and budgets to unitary councils. Most are planning budget cuts in addition to what they will lose to unitaries. Budget cut predictions range from 3% to 10%.