Portsmouth City Council management team facing the axe under budget plan

Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones has said the changes would make for a flatter and more robust management style
Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones has said the changes would make for a flatter and more robust management style
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A LAYER of management at Portsmouth City Council could be axed under plans which would save taxpayers more than £500,000 a year.

Councillors are seeking to abolish all strategic director positions and merge them with other positions in a bid to trim down the budget.

It means four people in senior roles are at risk of losing their jobs and would have to apply for a new role.

The job of deputy chief executive would be created to help support the council’s chief executive David Williams.

Council leader Donna Jones, who is also head of the council’s employment committee, said the changes would make for a flatter and more robust management style.

‘It’s important in terms of saving money and spending taxpayers’ money that we no longer have people that just sit at a strategic level,’ she said.

‘All of our strategic managers need to be operational and managing a team.

‘It means we will have a more robust operation.’

Mr Williams urged members at the employment committee meeting to not axe strategic posts as they perform an important function and help to oversee crucial services.

He spoke of their influence in securing a City Deal to unlock land in Tipner for redevelopment and securing government cash for the new park-and-ride and Dunsbury Hill Farm scheme in Havant.

Addressing councillors, Mr Williams said: ‘In removing strategic director posts, don’t think it will play well into the hands of the public, because we are responsible for a very serious operation which people’s livelihoods depend on.’

Lib Dem councillor Darren Sanders said: ‘We want to make sure the management system is flatter than it is now and more responsive, because of the challenges we are facing. We’re pleased the council has agreed to what was proposed in the Lib Dem budget.’

A consultation will be carried out over the plans from December 22 until February next year.

The employment committee will then make a decision.