Job axe may save £175k

A COUNCIL could make £175,000 of savings by axing a single post.

Durham County Council is considering a merger that would see adult and children’s services combined – with a job loss for a corporate director of either of the services.

The proposal is part of the local authority’s drive to reduce its management costs and councillors will be asked to consider proposals for a revision of the council’s highest tier of management when the full council meets next week.

It is part of an ongoing initiative to save £172m from April 2011 to April 2017.

Further reductions are expected through “detailed restructuring”.

Under the proposed merger there would be a month-long consultation with the current directors of the two service areas.

The implementation of the change would be undertaken over the summer and it is expected that this will identify further opportunities for efficiencies.