Senior West Sussex County Council management roles to go

Louise Goldsmith
Louise Goldsmith

West Sussex County Council approved the axing of four director posts and 44 senior management roles at a meeting on Monday.

The authority’s Governance Committee approved a new management structure which will see a reduction from eight directors to four executive directors, while 64 senior management posts will fall to around 20.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said after the meeting: “Over the last few months there has been much work going on around transforming services at County Hall - all part of the County Council’s on-going evolutionary process.

“There been a considerable amount of consultation with staff about these changes - road shows, meetings and presentations to the county’s different political groups.

“We need to evolve so we can continue to provide quality services to our residents at a time when we have a reducing income but increasing demands for what we provide. Our current structure is simply not sustainable.

“I’m incredibly proud of our workforce. They’re hardworking, loyal and care about the communities of West Sussex that they serve. But there has never been a more challenging time for local government and it is inevitable that these proposed changes will have an impact on our staff and particularly on our managers.

“However, we provide more than 80% of local public services in West Sussex and our frontline services are what matter to our communities. We need to adapt and evolve in order to protect them as much as we can. What matters to us is what works - that services are delivered by the right people, in the right way at the right cost and where we, as a county council, cost the tax payer less.”

The final approval for the new structure, and the appointments of key statutory officers, will be taken by West Sussex County Council’s full council meeting on July 25.