Cabinet cuts to save Stockton Council £44,000

A council hopes to save more than £44,000 a year by cutting its cabinet and axing committees.

Stockton Borough Council's cabinet has agreed to reduce from nine members to seven while two of its seven scrutiny committees could also go.

The cabinet will recommend the changes be approved by the full council, with details of which roles will go decided after next year's election.

The council is trying to trim its spending by £130,000 by next April.

Stockton Council leader Bob Cook, said: "Councillors work extremely hard for their communities, but it is right for us to look at the money which is being spent on special responsibility allowances.

"We believe we can continue to meet the needs and expectations of our residents with a reduction in cabinet members and scrutiny committees.

"What really matters is that we provide excellent front-line services and do all we can to protect the most vulnerable."

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