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Bosses facing axe as councils link

Friday February 11th 2011

Senior council bosses and a chief executive could be among 500 people losing their jobs as three authorities plan to combine services.

A trio of Conservative-run councils in London - the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster City Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council - said they could save £35 million annually by overlapping management and back office staff.

If the plans go ahead, the three councils will share two chief executives and around 175 jobs would be axed in senior management, with the other job losses among supervisors and technical staff.

With one fewer chief executive, children's and education responsibilities will link under one chief and other services will be combined, such as transport, highways, leisure and parking. Hammersmith & Fulham pays its current chief executive in the region of £200,000.

Local authorities have been told by the Government that linking services between bodies is a good way to save money without axing frontline workers, such as refuse collectors or parking attendants.

Each council will keep all its elected representatives and keep a separate process for making decisions. Some responsibilities, such as licensing, managing housing and planning, will not be part of the combined remit.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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