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TWO high flying positions at district councils in Worcestershire could become one in a move that is likely to see a saving of more than £100,000.

The savings will be made by Wychavon District Council and Malvern Hills District Council, which have begun talks about the possibility of a joint Chief Executive.

Informal discussions between leaders of both councils, councillor Paul Middlebrough for Wychavon and Cllr David Hughes at Malvern, have started to explore the merits of a shared arrangement.

Currently Jack Hegarty holds the role at Wychavon, which sees him head the council’s paid service, be the principal policy advisor, lead and direct the workforce of 220 full time staff and hold a net budget of £11 million. He is paid between £101,611 to £107,004 and has a car allowance.

Over in Malvern Chris Bocock holds the equivalent role, is paid between £100,000 and £104 999 and has a car allowance of £6,260 and variable electoral fees.

Cllr Middlebrough, said: "We have a long history of working together and sharing a significant number of services already, so these discussions feel like a logical step in the right direction."

The councils worked closely together during the creation of the South Worcestershire Development Plan and are both dominated by Conservative members.

A joint managing director would cement the relationship and allow both councils, which have targets for further cost savings in the coming years, as part of wider reductions in public spending, contribute significantly to those savings.

Cllr Hughes added: "We have been talking to colleagues in other councils where there are similar arrangements.

"This demonstrated to us that it is worth consideration by our respective councils and we are preparing proposals for discussion and debate.

"Also we have been encouraged by comments from the Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis."

Officers and members at both councils have been informed of the discussions.

Whilst there are no details available at this early stage, a guarantee that each council will keep its independent identity has been confirmed.

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12:57pm Wed 14 May 14

Jabbadad says...

We want / need a Unitary Authority not tinkering around the edges, but with the idiots who rule in Worcestershire being thinned out and the Authority becomes democratic.
I dream on.
We want / need a Unitary Authority not tinkering around the edges, but with the idiots who rule in Worcestershire being thinned out and the Authority becomes democratic. I dream on. Jabbadad
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1:46pm Wed 14 May 14

skychip says...

This would make sense.
This would make sense. skychip
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3:32pm Wed 14 May 14

denon says...

Malvern Hils is not dominated by Conservative Councillors why cannot journalists find out the facts
Malvern Hils is not dominated by Conservative Councillors why cannot journalists find out the facts denon
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4:52pm Wed 14 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

denon wrote:
Malvern Hils is not dominated by Conservative Councillors why cannot journalists find out the facts
Figures from the Malvern Hills District Council website :-
"At present, the Conservative Group comprises 21 Members, the Liberal Democrat Group 8 Members, and the Democratic Group 9 Members. "
That to me looks like the journalist did get things right. 21 out of a total of 38 would look like the Conservatives are the dominant force with 55% of the posts.
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Malvern Hils is not dominated by Conservative Councillors why cannot journalists find out the facts[/p][/quote]Figures from the Malvern Hills District Council website :- "At present, the Conservative Group comprises 21 Members, the Liberal Democrat Group 8 Members, and the Democratic Group 9 Members. " That to me looks like the journalist did get things right. 21 out of a total of 38 would look like the Conservatives are the dominant force with 55% of the posts. New Kid on the Block
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5:06pm Wed 14 May 14

denon says...

So in Malvern the Conservatives have a majority of 4 over the other parties hardly dominant unlike in Wychavon where the Conservatives have37 seats and the other paries have 8, ( 2 independents,1 Labour and 5 Lib Dems) now that's dominant
So in Malvern the Conservatives have a majority of 4 over the other parties hardly dominant unlike in Wychavon where the Conservatives have37 seats and the other paries have 8, ( 2 independents,1 Labour and 5 Lib Dems) now that's dominant denon
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5:29pm Wed 14 May 14

Jabbadad says...

Oh come on denon can't you see through those Tory tinted glasses.
If they only had an overall majority of 1 that is all they need to do all the terrible things that they are very good at, and why they are called the NASTY PARTY by one of their own senior ministers who is a contender for the leadership battle which is looming or never went away.
Oh come on denon can't you see through those Tory tinted glasses. If they only had an overall majority of 1 that is all they need to do all the terrible things that they are very good at, and why they are called the NASTY PARTY by one of their own senior ministers who is a contender for the leadership battle which is looming or never went away. Jabbadad
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8:00am Thu 15 May 14

denon says...

Look here Jabbadad, all I am interested in is the use of mathematical and English terms.....a majority of one out of thirty five is hardly a dominant figure....one out of four three would be....never mind the politics, it could be a rugby score or horse racing odds.
Look here Jabbadad, all I am interested in is the use of mathematical and English terms.....a majority of one out of thirty five is hardly a dominant figure....one out of four three would be....never mind the politics, it could be a rugby score or horse racing odds. denon
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8:37am Thu 15 May 14

Jabbadad says...

Sorry denon but you were quoting politics and a majority means that you have all the other votes / seats covered plus at least ONE and that is a majority. And I have attended many a meeting Locally when the result was won / lost by one vote.
Sorry denon but you were quoting politics and a majority means that you have all the other votes / seats covered plus at least ONE and that is a majority. And I have attended many a meeting Locally when the result was won / lost by one vote. Jabbadad
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9:18am Thu 15 May 14

denon says...

I have no interest in politics, just logic, it could have been apples pears and bananas or lions tigers and antelopes. My concern was the misuse of the word dominant, your use of "majority" is spot on but "dominant" was incorrect .
I have no interest in politics, just logic, it could have been apples pears and bananas or lions tigers and antelopes. My concern was the misuse of the word dominant, your use of "majority" is spot on but "dominant" was incorrect . denon
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