Corporate & Community Services Cabinet Member – Minutes – 5 March 2012

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19  (19)  REVIEW OF COMMUNICATIONS – The  Director of Corporate and Community Services submitted a report to determine the proportion of the approved councilwide communications savings target to be found from the central communications service area, and to consider how this saving would be made.

The report indicated that Cabinet had approved a £256,177 saving to be made in 2012/2013 from spend on communications across the council, and considered the proportion of this target to be found from the central communications service area and the measures that would be need to be taken to achieve that level of saving.

As part of that budget reduction process, the report focused on the central communications service area in Corporate and Community Services. It set out the possible proportions of the savings target that may be set for the service area, and the available choices as to how those different allocations could be met.

Resolved (a) That 75% of the councilwide savings target be allocated to the central Communications service area, and (b) that this be found through reducing the direct magazine to 2 editions a year and reducing the staffing establishment on 1 April 2012 to the level set out in Options 14.3, 17.2, 18.2 and 19.1 at Appendix 1 with the details of the future structure being finalised through a process of designations and expressions of interest in line with the council’s review protocol. 

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