JOBS will go if a council agrees to restructure its support services.
Calderdale Council says it could save more than £1m by axing 31 full time jobs, with a reduction in the number of performance management, management information and information systems support staff.
Clr John Beacroft-Mitchell, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for performance and resources, said the changes would remove waste created by duplication.
“This restructure will create a flexible resource that can more effectively help the council to improve its services to residents,” he said.
“We have already undertaken a full and thorough consultation with staff and unions and we will do everything in our power to avoid compulsory redundancies.”
Affected staff and unions have already been consulted on the proposals and Calderdale Council has said the number of compulsorily redundancies will be kept “to an absolute minimum”.
Currently, the support staff are spread across the council’s five departments which, says the report, has led to “duplication of effort, duplication of systems and lack of standardisation.”
The proposed new structure would be centralised in the council’s Business Change and Performance Management Service.
It would, says a report on the changes, better support frontline staff and managers and deliver much-needed budget savings.
But the new structure would lead to a reduction of 31 full time equivalent posts – 17 of which are currently unfilled.
The review highlighted 116 council posts fall within the relevant departments, equating to 108 full time equivalent (FTE).
Changes would see the number reduce to 77 FTE.
Areas likely to be affected include administration, information officers, IT support and team and performance leaders in Adult Health and Social Care, Chief Executive’s Office, Children and Young People’s Services, Economy and Environment (20 posts) and Safer and Stronger.
Calderdale says they would ask for early retirements, voluntary redundancies and redeployments.
The authority had to save £700,000 in the area, but they say the restructure will save them in the region of £1m for 2012/13.
Members of the Council’s Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel will consider the report next Thursday, December 15.
If it’s backed by Cabinet at its meeting the following Monday, December 19, the changes could come into force by next April.