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Senior council posts axed in drive to make PS250k savings; Four roles merged to two on island.

Byline: GARETH WYN WILLIAMS Daily Post Reporter

A CASH-strapped council will not fill two vacant posts to save more than PS250,000 a year.

Isle of Anglesey County Council has announced it is to scrap two senior positions following a major restructuring of its senior leadership team.

As a result, the posts of deputy chief executive and three corporate directors will now be replaced by two assistant chief executives.

However, both the deputy chief executive and one of the corporate director roles are currently empty following the departure of Bethan Jones earlier this year, while the former corporate director of lifelong learning role was also vacated after Dr Gwynne Jones took up his role as chief executive in May.

The other remaining corporate directors are Arthur Owen and Gwen Carrington.

Both new roles will be advertised, with one focusing on corporate governance and internal transformation whilst the second will focus on partnership and external transformation.

According to the council, this streamlining is expected to save island ratepayers at least PS250,000 a year.

Anglesey Council leader, Ieuan Williams (pictured), said: "This decision will bring Anglesey in line with the senior management structure of other North Wales authorities, as well as providing signifi-cant efficiency savings."

When Dr Jones took over the role of chief executive his pay was 22% lower than his predecessor, Richard Parry Jones. The authority said the salary levels of both new posts will also be lower than the present corporate directors.

Some council staff have expressed anger following a recent council wide job evaluation, which has resulted in some staff facing pay cuts of up to 27%.

Anglesey, like all North Wales authorities, is facing a financial headache after a significant cut in its block grant from Welsh Assembly chiefs in Cardiff Bay.

Councillors and officers in Llangefni, are mulling over savings of more than PS15m over the coming three years.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 8, 2015
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