A TOTAL of 16 senior officers from the county, district and borough councils that will be replaced by the new unitary Dorset Council on April 1 are expected to be made redundant.
The Appointments & Dismissals Committee of the Shadow Dorset Council – set up to prepare for the new authority while the other councils are still operations – will meet on March 21 to discuss nine of the redundancy proposals.
The process of replacing six councils with one unitary council involves a reduction in the number of senior officer posts, from 23 posts across the predecessor councils to just seven posts in the new Dorset Council.
By removing duplication and reducing management overheads, Dorset Council says it will achieve significant cost reductions, enabling it to function on a more sustainable financial basis in future. This, in turn, supports the priority goal of the local government reorganisation – to protect frontline services for residents.
If approved by the Appointments & Dismissals Committee, the cost of the collective contractual redundancy payments will be £756,291.
In addition, the pension ‘strain’ payment in line with scheme rules will be £1,086,506. This is the contribution Dorset Council would make to the pension fund.
The total annual saving for the council from removing these nine posts, including national insurance and employer contributions to pensions, will be £1,072,096 and this would be a repeating saving each year. This means the proposed redundancies would pay for themselves in 20 months.