Councillor Says He Still Can’t Get Details On Restructuring Savings

wesleyan chapel 2A St Mary’s councillor says he hasn’t been provided with enough detail about the Town Hall restructuring plans to make a decision on whether it should proceed.

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough abstained from a vote on the proposals at Monday’s Full Council Meeting. The session was held behind closed doors because the names of affected staff could be revealed.

But Gordon says he was unhappy that the details of the financial savings were too vague.

Radio Scilly understands that a wide range of potential savings from £500,000 up to £1million were given to councillors. That’s because it’s unclear at present where staff moving to new roles will be positioned within the pay grades.

Gordon said he and another councillor abstained because they felt they couldn’t make a decision either for or against the changes being proposed. He asked for a recorded vote so his position on the matter could be captured.

All other members present voted in favour of the restructuring.

Gordon says this is the second time he’s asked for the underlying calculations on the savings expected from the restructuring and each time he’s been ignored.

He says he doesn’t know why the officers won’t give him that information but adds that he will not stop asking for it.

In a statement, the Council said: “Members were provided with a number of financial scenarios based on the roles in the structure and current working practices. In turn, the Phase 3 proposals were agreed overwhelmingly by members and without objection, by a vote of 14 in favour and two abstentions.”

They added that the deployment into roles will now commence and it is anticipated that the reshaping exercise will be complete by the end of October.

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