Senior management costs continue to fall

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today revealed that the cost of senior management at Northampton Borough Council has reduced by 50% since Conservatives took control.

The number of senior managers has been cut from 21 to 10 as a result of work to streamline the organisation and create efficiencies.

As a result, total pay and remuneration for senior managers has fallen from £1.68 million to around £850,000 currently, a reduction of about £850,000 or around 50%.

This reduction – along with savings made by sharing back office functions such as HR and finance with other authorities through the shared services scheme with Northamptonshire County Council – has helped to close the budget gap and will safeguard investment in frontline services and regeneration in the next budget setting period, which begins next week.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said  “I promised to streamline the management of the Borough Council so it is as efficient and well run as possible. We have made significant savings that have enabled us to be efficient and continue to support the provision of essential services to local people. This has also allowed us to prioritise investment in the town’s future prosperity.”

“At the same time, we have maintained the right skills to lead on growth and have made major leaps forward in the Northampton Alive regeneration agenda.”

“I will continue to look at ways to reduce the cost of our support services and make sure we focus on really delivering for local people.”

The Borough Council’s budget proposals for 2014/15 will be discussed by the Cabinet on 18th December and a full public consultation will begin on 19th December.