Managers’ jobs set to go to save money

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A STREAMLINED management system has been agreed at a council to save more than £300,000 in the budget.

Councillors at Chichester District Council agreed to appoint seven heads of services – replacing the 11 assistant directors in the current staff structure.

This follows the reduction of the executive director posts from three to two.

Diane Shepherd, chief executive, said: ‘I am confident the new structure will help to meet the future challenges we will have to face.

‘Cuts to our government grants and reductions in income have meant we have to look at new ways of working.

‘These are extremely difficult times, but our focus has to be to continue to deliver quality services to our residents, businesses and visitors at the lowest cost.

‘We are incredibly lucky to have such a high calibre of staff and so it is very hard when we have to lose people. We are very grateful to those who are leaving us for their commitment and hard work – and for the difference that they have made in the district.’

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