JOB cuts among senior council managers could see the overall number of redundancies at the authority rocket above 80, its chief executive said.
Colin Everett told a council cabinet members meeting at County Hall yesterday that a new Flintshire Council management structure will radically change the way the authority operates.
He said the 80 lower-level redundancies earmarked by council leader Aaron Shotton in an exclusive interview with the Leader yesterday will rise when a top tier management shake-up takes place.
The council is hoping to save £2 million through savings to top tier management costs as part of plans to trim £15 million from its 2014-15 budget.
The savings also includes a £1.5m reduction in general workforce costs through an estimated 80 job cuts which it hopes to make through early retirements and voluntary redundancies.
“There will be operational efficiencies across corporate level and there is a good degree of confidence that the £10m savings figure we have quoted in this area can be achieved,” Mr Everett said.
“However, a more challenging review involves the changes to workforce and management.
“There are some big decisions to make over the next few months.
“The new management structure will radically change the way the council operates. The total overall job losses will be greater than the number affecting non-management roles.
“But this isn’t a free-for-all exit strategy.
“We will be carefully risk-assessing where workforce cuts can be made so that services can be maintained.”
Meetings to discuss the budget proposals will take place from next week.
But Cllr Shotton has warned there is still a long way to go before the long-term £50m five-year savings target can be met.
However, he maintained the virtue of the council’s stance of looking to make the majority of the costs internally, rather than slashing local services.
“This will not get any easier in future years,” he said.
“It will be just as difficult if not more so.
“It will be crucial to open up consultation with the residents that we represent. We must work together to provide services in Flintshire.”
Deputy council leader, Cllr Bernie Attridge, added: “We have not taken the easy option of slashing and burning services.
“It is the right approach, a different approach, and I believe it is achievable.”