Council to merge departments to save cash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 January 2013


TWO MAJOR departments in North Somerset Council are set to be streamlined to help the authority save millions over the next few years.

The adult social services and housing and the children and young people’s services will be merged into one directorate – which will be renamed the people’s directorate.

The authority needs to save more than £80million over the next seven years and in turn a vast amount of services could be axed or streamlined as a result.

The adult services policy and scrutiny panel aims to finalise the merger tomorrow (Thurs), which will create one single department for adults’ services, public health, children’s services, education and housing, with the hope of launching the new directorate in June.

This could see one director being appointed for the new section – which will be the responsibility of the employment committee - and the authority hopes this will ‘reduce inconsistencies’ between children and adult services.

The Institute Of Public Care, which provided an independent review into the plans for the district, says the council can make a safe transition to the new system.

The saving requirement in this proposal is currently at £150,400 and the council hopes to achieve this through a reduction in staffing if the merger is endorsed by the panel.

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