Second round of council savings

Fylde town hall at St Annes
Fylde town hall at St Annes

FRONT line services will not be touched as Fylde Council launches the second phase of a staff restructuring which could mean redundancies.

That is the pledge from the town hall’s top officer as a middle management restructure gets under way.

A senior management shake up in September resulted in the Chief Executive Phil Woodward retiring, as the council reduced its directors from five to four, saving £150,000. He has been replaced by new number one Allan Oldfield.

An internal consultation on the latest staff restructure, to save £350,000 from the council’s £11.1m budget this financial year, has started. Front line services will be protected by seeking increased efficiency in back-office, management and support functions.

Mr Oldfield said: “Any redundancies will not be in front line services which will be unaffected. The measure is part of ongoing initiatives that every council has to address in response to the austerity measures implemented by the coalition government that has led to a reduction in the amount of grant paid to each local authority.

“Fylde Council has always been a low spending authority so the impact of reductions in Fylde has been less than that elsewhere – and we will concentrate the reductions in ways that will not affect the services the public rely upon.”

It is hoped any job losses will be minimised by redeployment and flexible retirement and axing some posts left unfilled in recent months. Staff have also agreed to take five unpaid days of leave a year.