Reduced council to save £47K a year

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Following the announcement of the new cabinet for Braintree District Council the returning leader has said a new smaller council will lead to savings of £47,508 a year.

Graham Butland, leader of the conservative group, will be reappointed as leader of Braintree District Council, subject to confirmation at the Annual General Meeting today.

Due to changes in the size of the council following the Boundary Commission review which reduced the number of elected members from 60 to 49 it is estimated that the council will save £47,508 each year in councillors’ allowances.

Graham Butland said: “We have a smaller number of members now, and we are able to make savings as a result of this.

“But we are ambitious and committed to creating a district which is a great place to live and work in, and to being a council that delivers great services, value for money, and supports sustainable economic growth and new homes.

If confirmed the new cabinet will see Wendy Schmitt continue as deputy leader and cabinet member for environment and place, while Robert Mitchell will serve as her deputy.

Cabinet Member portfolios have been refreshed to reflect the council’s priorities, with Tom Cunningham now cabinet member for economic development, John McKee cabinet member for corporate services and asset management and David Bebb returning as cabinet member for finance and performance.

Joanne Beavis has the health and communities portfolio while Lady Newton returns as cabinet member for planning and housing.

Lyn Walters is set to become the new chairman of the council.