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Plans to restructure senior management announced by Haringey Borough Council
Haringey Borough Council has announced plans to review and restructure 15 of its most senior management positions.
The council hopes the changes will improve services and make the management more effective.
Positions affected include the director of children's services, the director of adult and housing services and the head of the council’s legal department.
Redundancies are expected. According to a report by chief executive Nick Walkey the reorganisation will lead to the "creation of a smaller strategic leadership team".
A spokesman for the authority said: “The proposed changes to the council’s senior team reflect the scale of our ambition to make the borough a better place for all.
“This is the beginning of a process that will include a thorough consultation with council staff and partners before any final decisions are made.”
Opposition Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Richard Wilson, criticised the performance of the Labour-controlled council and said the shake-up was long overdue.
He said: “The scale of the proposed reorganisation, with 15 senior posts being abolished or changed, shows how big the problems are at Haringey and how much needs to change.
“It is still a long way from being the high-performing, good-value council that residents deserve.
"However, I am very worried at the scale of the pay-offs that could end up being paid to staff who leave as part of this re-organisation.”
Cllr Wilson added that the council’s current leadership had a long history of approving enormous payments - often accompanied by gagging clauses.
He said: “We will be keeping a close eye on these changes to the council’s top officers and the resulting bill for local taxpayers.”
The proposals will be discussed next week at the council's Corporate Committee meeting on Thursday, September 19, at 7pm in the Civic Centre, Wood Green.
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