Ealing Council is cutting the number of councillors it pays to carry out special responsibilities to help reduce the overall cost to tax payers.
The number of councillors on the cabinet has been reduced from nine to eight. The Customer and Community Service portfolio has been abolished and the responsibilities redistributed among the other cabinet members. The shadow cabinet has also reduced in size. The new structures will generate a total saving in excess of £28,000.
The new look cabinet is:
- Councillor Julian Bell – Leader of the Council (includes sport, Olympics and Paralympics)
- Councillor Jasbir Anand – Health and Adult Services
- Councillor Yvonne Johnson – Finance and Performance (now includes customer services)
- Councillor Patricia Walker – Children and Young People
- Councillor Hitesh Tailor – Housing
- Councillor Bassam Mahfouz – Transport and Environment – (now includes parks and countryside)
- Councillor Ranjit Dheer – Deputy Leader and member for Community Services and Safety (now includes libraries, museums and adult education)
- Councillor Brian Reeves – Chief Whip (ex-officio)
Councillors’ allowances remain frozen, including the special responsibility allowance for cabinet and shadow cabinet members.
The council is also reorganising its scrutiny panels to ensure they focus on the most important issues. They are being reduced from nine to five, meaning the number of meetings will be cut from 57 to 45.
This will also help save the council in the region of £50,000 by reducing administration costs and meaning fewer councillors need to be paid additional allowances to chair meetings.
More information is available from the council and democracy pages.