Thirty finance jobs to be axed in Lancashire County Council cutbacks

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THIRTY finance jobs are to be axed by Lancashire County Council as part of a £1.35million savings programme for 2013.

And another 122 posts are set to be transferred to One Connect, the authority’s partnership with the telecoms giant BT.

The posts to be cut range from assistant director, service heads and unit managers down to apprentice, graduate trainee and assistant roles.

Some posts will be re-established in a new streamlined structure, concentrating on new departments like treasury and investments, financial planning, accounting, schools finance and auditing.

As there are efforts to bring all financial functions under one roof, 11 positions with the adult learning unit of the education directorate, and an insurance expert from Lancashire Commercial Group, will also be moved into the new structure. Currently there are around 40 vacancies in the 429-strong department, which will be reduced to 399 as a result of the changes.

With the creation of a new wider county benefits service, 56 jobs from the existing department will be transferred to One Connect, and a further 66 positions from the pensions service.

Under the new regime, the finance department will then have an establishment of 277 directly under the authority’s control.

Gill Kilpatrick, the county treasurer, said: “The current economic climate and the opportunities that are available through technology mean that now is the time to look at how we currently deliver our financial services and develop a new way of working that builds on our strengths and targets our resources to where they are most needed.”

Perceived problems with the existing set-up include a lack of flexibility and difficulties in working with different computer systems.

It is hoped that the new benefits service will direct more potential claimants to their entitlements, which will also provide a financial boost to the county council.

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3:26pm Thu 27 Dec 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Can i suggest that the jobs transfered to one connect will then be charged back to LCC with a management charge, this is the usual way of things. Outsource it and get billed back at a higher rate. Ticks the boxes but costs money, the actual job losses will be small and the savings smaller.
Can i suggest that the jobs transfered to one connect will then be charged back to LCC with a management charge, this is the usual way of things. Outsource it and get billed back at a higher rate. Ticks the boxes but costs money, the actual job losses will be small and the savings smaller. HecticBigBoy
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4:00pm Thu 27 Dec 12

mavrick says...

Backdoor privatisation of public services.The perceived savings a paper figures only.
Backdoor privatisation of public services.The perceived savings a paper figures only. mavrick
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7:41pm Thu 27 Dec 12

clickhere says...

One would think that the LCC Audit department could do with a bit of strengthening following Police and Crime Commissioner/Lancash
ire County Councillor/District Councillor Clive Grunshaw holding his hands up to double dipping his expenses.
Following his admission, surely we can expect the IPCC investigation to be concluded very shortly, quickly followed by the replacement of Grunshaw by an honest PCC.
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And Simon Weston was deemed unsuitable to stand as PCC candidate because he got locked up when a teenager for riding a bike without lights or something.! Deary me!
One would think that the LCC Audit department could do with a bit of strengthening following Police and Crime Commissioner/Lancash ire County Councillor/District Councillor Clive Grunshaw holding his hands up to double dipping his expenses. Following his admission, surely we can expect the IPCC investigation to be concluded very shortly, quickly followed by the replacement of Grunshaw by an honest PCC. . And Simon Weston was deemed unsuitable to stand as PCC candidate because he got locked up when a teenager for riding a bike without lights or something.! Deary me! clickhere
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