Agenda and minutes
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Members are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary and / or any other relevant interest in connection with any of the items on this agenda and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of the interest.
Members of the Committee were requested to declare whether they had any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or any other relevant interest in the item on this agenda and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.
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The public may be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information.
That in accordance with section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business, on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to that Act. The public interest test has been applied and favours exclusion.
On a motion by the Chair, duly seconded, it was -
Resolved - That, under section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by paragraph 1 (in that it relates to an individual) of Part I of Schedule 12A (as amended) to that Act.
Exempt by virtue of paragraph 1 as the information relates to an individual or individuals.
The Chief Executive introduced a report which, within the context of a continually changing operating environment, significant financial challenges for the Council and the need to ensure that resources were managed efficiently at senior level and opportunities to reduce senior management costs were explored, sought the Committee’s approval to delete the post of Managing Director Delivery Services. This would form the first part of further planned savings of approximately £750k from senior managers over the next 12 months which were in the proposed budget for 2018/19.
The report also updated the Committee on recruitment to the vacant Assistant Director: Law and Governance post (Monitoring Officer) and proposed an additional salary option for that post.
The number and type of roles required at management level were continually under review and had to constantly evolve to reflect the changing organisation and external environment.
The report contained personal information about an individual and was therefore exempt by virtue of paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
Responding to comments from Members the Chief Executive outlined the way in which performance monitoring of the Managing Director of Delivery was undertaken. The Director of Corporate Resources and Reform was currently looking at the arrangements in place for attendance management.
The Chief Executive also stated that the postholder’s duties would be reducing significantly over the coming months because of the transformation programme. The Assistant Director: Human Resources and Organisational Development confirmed that the Assistant Chief Executive would take over the management of these duties in the first instance and that the Chief Executive would bring a report back on future changes. Revenue savings of £158,000 per annum would be made from the deletion of the post.
Councillor Gilchrist moved and it was seconded by Councillor Lesley Rennie, that –
‘This Committee is unwilling to release the individual concerned on the terms suggested and officers consider the individual for a lesser role on a lesser salary.’
The motion was put and lost (3:4)
It was moved by Councillor Phil Davies and seconded by Councillor George Davies, that –
(1) “The deletion of the post of Managing Director Delivery Services and the subsequent severance and release of pension for the post holder by 31 March 2018, be approved.
(2) A revised Chief Officer structure of the Council, (subject to any further proposals arising from (4) below), be approved.
(3) The proposal to make approximately £750k savings at senior management level (post deletions and re-structures below Chief Officer did not require approval by Employment and Appointments Committee) be noted.
(4) The Chief Executive be authorised to develop further proposals for the Chief Officer structure of the Council, consulting with Chief Officers as required and bring a report back to this committee.
(5) The revised remuneration for the Assistant Director: Law and Governance post and this post to be redesignated as Director, be approved and the Appointments Panel be delegated the ability to offer the Market Rate supplement of up to 5% of ... view the full minutes text for item 15.