Directors and heads to be axed

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TWO directors and five heads of service are to be axed as part of a new shared management structure between two councils.

Two strategic directors at Forest Heath District and two corporate directors at St Edmundsbury Borough Councils will be replaced with two new posts – simply known as directors. The new positions will work across all services rather than certain ones.

The authorities will also move from 14 heads of service to nine as part of the move, which follows the appointment of shared chief executive Ian Gallin.

The resulting savings and costs will not be known until the new team is in place, which is due by October 1.

However, bosses say the new structure will ‘significantly reduce’ the overall cost of senior management and make ‘a substantial contribution’ to about £2.5 million of savings required by both authorities through the shared services process.

Councillors will discuss the plans on Wednesday August 1 at St Edmundsbury and the following day at Forest Heath.