Organisational Review (Agenda item 12)
Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.
Formal consultation with staff ends on 14 March 2008.
The Deputy Chief Executive presented the report which described the results of the review of Cabinet Office, Service Directorate and elements of the Transformation Directorate and sought the Committee’s authority to implement consequential adjustments of the establishment by:
- creating the new posts as specified in Appendix A of the report;
- declaring redundant a number of existing posts specified as ‘deleted’ in Appendix A of the report; and
- changing the scope, terms and conditions of a number of existing posts as specified in Appendix A of the report.
The Corporate Management Team (CMT) had carried out a thorough review of all Cabinet Office, and Services Directorate functions to establish whether there was potential to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs. This had highlighted a range of improvement opportunities, which in turn necessitated further adjustments to the establishment, involving the creation of a small number of new posts and the deletion of and changes to some existing posts.
The CMT had also identified the need to make provision for the continued funding of a number of fixed term posts within the Transformation Directorate to safeguard the capacity and skills that were required to complete the transformation of the Anglia Revenues Partnership and the Council’s Environmental Health, Planning and Building Control Services. Proposals relating to all three Directorates had therefore been rolled into a single, integrated organisational review.
Members were informed of a number of amendments to pages 83 and 90 of Appendix A.
A Member asked about timescales, and asked how restructuring would relate to the forthcoming Local Government Review. In response, the Deputy Chief Executive advised that the Council had a pretty ambitious change agenda ahead and to implement these changes the Council needed to have capacity and talent in the right place. Breckland was getting on with the transformative approach, and if no changes were made, this authority would grind to a halt.
Members were given the opportunity to go through the appendix page by page. A number of questions were asked with regard to typing functions, changes to job descriptions, delivering the Green Agenda and future recruitment.
The Chairman wanted reassurance that the finances of the review “stacked up” and that the Council would still achieve its aims objectives, would still provide service to the public and that it benefited all staff. The Chief Executive explained that in next year’s budget, the Council had already made a 3% staff saving. With the LGR around the corner, the worst thing the Council could do was nothing. This review should be seen as a really positive piece of work for most staff. The LGR would not stop this authority getting on with the business of the day.
1) the creation of new posts as specified in Appendix A of the report be approved;
2) the existing posts specified as “deleted” in Appendix A of the report be declared redundant;
3) the changes to the scope, terms and conditions of the existing posts specified in Appendix A of the report be approved; and
4) that the Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Chairman of the General Purposes Committee be given delegated authority to take any action that is necessary to give effect to the proposals contained in the report (Including authority to alter, amend or correct any part of the proposals) provided the budgeted costs of the overall proposal set out in the Proforma B are not exceeded.