Posted by: westlancashirerecord | September 14, 2018

The New WLBC Management Structure Savings That Cost £337,351

West Lancashire Borough Council decided in January 2018 to “drive forward its ambitious agenda for the Borough, whilst saving the Council more than £100,000 a year”, but read on!

“From Thursday 1 February 2018 the number of directorates will be reduced from four to three with services that were provided by the Council’s Leisure and Wellbeing Service being moved into the other directorates. The three directorates will be:
• Development and Regeneration Services
• Housing and Inclusion Services, and
• Leisure and Environment Services

“The directorates will continue to be supported by Legal and Democratic, and Finance and Human Resources Services. The focus for the new directorates will be to deliver the Council’s priorities for the economy, environment and health and wellbeing of West Lancashire, whilst balancing the budget year on year.

Councillor Ian Moran  Leader of the Council said “The revised management structure will drive forward our priorities while also delivering much-needed savings in the face of continued government reductions to local authority funding. I look forward to working with the team to meet our ambitions for West Lancs and bring improvements for residents and businesses across the Borough”.

At its meeting on 18 October 2017, the Council agreed the new structure and the voluntary redundancy of Dave Tilleray, the Director of Leisure and Wellbeing. These moves mean that together with previously agreed measures, the Council will make a total of £267,000 in efficiency savings in 2018/19 from restructuring.

But the cost of the one voluntary redundancy is the highest for WLBC since Gill Rowe left with £386,116. The Annual Accounts include “Director of Leisure and Well Being (left by voluntary redundancy Jan 2018) Salary £66,239, Expenses £126, Compensation for loss of office £84,323, Totals before pension £150,688, Pension contribution £186,663, Total £337,351″.

Readers might wonder why a “voluntary redundancy” attracts “compensation for loss of office” of £84,323?


  1. What a disgrace. Anyone else would get the usual paltry 1 week per year of service, capped at 20 years. But the jobs-for-the-boys-and-girls council is far more generous with other people’s money.

    • Absolutely agree. Council tax payers might feel aggrieved that the entitlement to high wages while in full time employment with WLBC also leads to massive “leaving by personal choice” bonuses.

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