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Members' Code of Conduct - Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests in connection with any item(s) on this agenda and, if so, to declare them and state the nature of the interest.


Members were asked to consider whether they had any disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests in connection with any items on this agenda and, if so, to declare them and state the nature of the interest.


Councillor J Green declared a personal interest by virtue of him being acquainted with one of the persons referred to in the report, Senior Management Restructure (see minute 52 post).


Senior Management Restructure pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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Further to minute 21 (18/9/12) the Chief Executive submitted a report with detailed proposals in relation to the Council’s senior management restructure. The proposals included details of financial savings, which were attached as an appendix to the report.


It was proposed to reduce the senior management structure of the Council from 30 full time equivalent (FTE) posts, to 19 FTE posts, (excluding the three  Strategic Director posts). The report detailed the principles applied to the proposed restructure, areas of responsibility, how the selection process would be managed and consultation which had taken place.


It was proposed that a further management structure for senior managers (those reporting to a Head of Service) and below was undertaken, following the outcome of this report. This should include consultation with the recognised Trade Unions and the staff affected, and should consider the impact on remaining structures. The further management structure would follow the principles as applied to the senior management restructure and would achieve financial savings of £4m, approximately 30% of the current management costs at this level. Where there was a requirement for Committee approval, the necessary structures should be brought forward to Cabinet and the Employment and Appointments Committee in February 2013.


Responding to comments from Members, the Chief Executive stated that he would hope to have a new severance scheme in place from 24 January, 2013 and that the new scheme would apply to anybody made redundant under the restructure as the scheme applied on the date when an employee left the Authority. Those employees applying to leave voluntarily would leave under a new scheme. He outlined how the savings of £998,723 for the new senior management structure were achieved and informed the Committee that he would circulate a detailed breakdown of the savings. One part of the restructure could not be progressed until the suspension of a chief officer was resolved.


The Chief Executive also referred to the common practice of designating for a three or six month period, one of his three Strategic Directors to act in his absence, and this principle should apply throughout the Council with managers treating those in their teams equitably in rotating the role for acting up in their absence. All honoraria, unless in exceptional circumstances, would be stopped, although this had not yet been factored into the savings. The savings for 2013-16 were currently projected at £108.7m and he would ensure that there was consistency in future reports with regard to the figure for savings. Redundancy costs would be factored into the overall budget.


The Leader of the Conservative Group stated that he was broadly supportive of the proposals. Further savings would come in the next stage with the delayering of management below the Heads of Services level and he would expect that this Committee would see these proposed further management restructures. The Chief Executive reassured the Committee that he would report back with further management restructures and with an updated equalities impact assessment.


On a motion by Councillor Phil Davies, seconded by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.


Proposal to Change the Council's Discretionary Severance Scheme pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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The Chair informed the meeting that due to the deferment of this item by Cabinet earlier, this item was withdrawn from the agenda.


Any Other Urgent Business Approved by the Chair


The Chair informed the Committee that its next meeting would take place on Thursday 24 January, 2013 at 7.00pm (or on the rising of the Cabinet) rather than on Tuesday 29 January, 2013.