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Opposition councillor demands SKDC reviews restructure of top bosses

Labour councillor Phil Dilks is demanding South Kesteven District Council review the processes behind its controversial restructure of top bosses.

The move comes as the cost of the restructure of the senior management team has now topped £866,000, in place of a previously reported £710,000.

Coun Dilks has said the council has undertook a ‘clear-out’ of such bosses, but SKDC says this reflects a more commercially-orientated council. The council also says the restructure will also deliver savings of £300,000 a year.

However, Coun Dilks plans to raise the issue at a full meeting of SKDC on Friday.

His question reads: “This Council is committed to maintaining the highest standards of probity in its actions, demonstrating openness and transparency and delivering best possible value for council tax payers’ money.

“Given the numerous concerns and increasing costs associated with the restructure of the Council’s senior management team, it is resolved to urgently review the process to date to establish whether it has been:

a) Consistent with the Council’s objectives;

b) Fair to all staff members who have been impacted;

c) Best value for money."

He added: “It is hoped this review will provide an opportunity to both reassure those we seek to serve of the integrity of the process and enable any lessons to be learned for the future.”

A spokesman for SKDC said: “The question will be asked and answered at the full council meeting on Friday 1 March, in line with correct council procedure.”

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