SENIOR managers at Wirral council have been given notice their jobs are under threat from the latest round of cuts at the authority.
The council is looking to find ways to deal with an estimated £39m deficit in next year’s budget, and is due to announce a range of options for cuts on Friday.
As part of this, letters have been sent to chief officers which, although not a formal notice of redundancy, “alerts staff to the fact that their role is being reviewed as part of immediate service changes”.
Throughout this week, councillors have been reviewing a series of options which were drawn up as part of the council’s consultation exercise, “What Really Matters”. This sought to find out from the public which services they felt should be priorities to help the council decide its future spending.
Graham Burgess, chief executive of Wirral council, said: “The consultation told us that local people want us to reduce the tiers of management and prioritise services for vulnerable people.
“We therefore need to spend less on ourselves in order to help mitigate the impact of the cuts on our most vulnerable residents. I have therefore embarked on a management re-structure aimed at taking a third out of management costs in order to, as far as possible, protect frontline services which are important to the people of Wirral.”