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Fresh shake-up for bosses at Bradford Council questioned
Opposition political leaders in Bradford have condemned a restructure among top managers at Bradford Council 18 months after the last £1 million cost-cutting exercise.
Union bosses have confirmed that a shake-up at strategic director and assistant director level is in the early stages but they had no concrete proposals.
The Telegraph & Argus understands that one or two strategic directorships are likely to go, along with two or more assistant directorships.
Councillor Glen Miller , leader of the Conservative group, said he had a number of questions about any senior management restructure, having not be consulted on any proposals to date: “There are several very important questions to be asked and answered, such as why is there a need for a senior management re-shuffle, so soon after we had one to provide the Council with the structure that it needed for the future?
“Why were whatever factors that necessitate this latest re-structure not foreseen and responded to during the last re-structure, to minimise upheaval and uncertainty for service delivery and residents?
“Why does this exercise appear to be taking place in such secrecy? If and why any roles are redundant, details of new roles and costs and savings would also be details I would enquire about.”
Councillor Jeanette Sunderland , leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said she was concerned the Council would become “paralysed” by news of another restructure so soon after the last one.
“We have not fully finished the last restructure, through the Changing Our Council programme, and we have not had all the financial benefits yet that the last restructure was supposed to bring, despite paying thousands of pounds to consultants to achieve it.”
The Council said it was not in a position to comment on any possible restructuring. Labour leader Councillor David Green was unavailable for comment last night.