New managers for partner Dorset councils

Two councils have appointed a new management structure as part of partnership deal which is "on track" to save £8.5m over five years.

West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland councils agreed in July to combine services in a bid to make savings.

The councils have internally appointed 16 managers. One chief executive and four directors were already installed.

A number of posts, with a combined wage bill of £600,000, have been left vacant and will be removed shortly.

Chief executive David Clarke said: "The shared services partnership continues to make progress and I'm delighted to have the new managers in place to deliver further success.

"Their immediate priority will be to combine staffing teams and ways of working to develop the wide range of services delivered on behalf of both councils."

In total, about 80 posts will be lost at the two councils under the deal.

Although the work forces are being combined, the two councils said they are continuing to function as independent decision-making bodies for the borough and the district.

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