Monday, 9 January 2012

Thanet Labour Group News - Cabinet Overhaul

By Cllr Clive Hart - Labour Group Leader
Today I have announced changes to the Cabinet system at Thanet District Council (TDC) that will 'free up' leading council managers and officers time to concentrate on providing the very best service for local residents.
We inherited a Cabinet system from the previous Conservative administration at TDC that appeared clearly designed to fudge and confuse staff, councillors, the press and the public. Cabinet members with ridiculously patronizing titles, had portfolios that were all too often complicatedly entangled with many different business streams and departments of the council.
This was an incredibly wasteful use of valuable time and effort at TDC. Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet members had to spend enormous amounts of time speaking to a wide range of officers at the council and yet more worryingly, very highly paid leading officers of the council would spend hours going over the same matters time and time again.
I have therefore re-aligned the five Cabinet posts to directly correspond with the five business streams of the council and their five dedicated managers.
These changes, added to a number of initiatives that we have already introduced through our new Cabinet, will make matters at TDC more transparent and less confusing for everyone.
The new Cabinet roles which now directly relate to the existing council business streams will be:
Corporate & Regulatory Services        Cllr Clive Hart
Commercial Services                          Cllr Alan Poole
Community Services                           Cllr Iris Johnston
Business Services                               Cllr Michelle Fenner   
Financial Services                               Cllr Rick Everitt

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