Senior managers to go at Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council is to reduce the number of senior managers to save £500,000 and protect priority services.

Instead of four directors at the second tier of management, just below the chief executive, eight junior directors will be brought in.

Tory council leader Ken Maddock said the savings would also help close the budget gap and improve efficiency.

The Lib Dems have said the changes mean local residents will only have one senior point of contact at the council.

Savings of £43m have to made by the local authority before 2013.

The restructuring will work by re-grading the four director-level posts and handing the people in the junior director positions new responsibilities.

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