Wakefield Council facing its toughest time

Peter Box after announcing budget proposals' 'LOCATION:  Wakefield Town Hall
Peter Box after announcing budget proposals' 'LOCATION: Wakefield Town Hall

Wakefield Council has proposed creating a new cabinet position to address its multi-million pound budget gap.

Coun Les Shaw will become the new cabinet member with responsibility for transformation, if the role is approved at Thursday’s meeting of full council.

He will be responsible for changing the way the council works and reorganising the delivery of services to save £46m over the next two years.

The council has had to make savings of £130m from 2010 to 2017.

Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “We now face the toughest times this council has ever faced, and we need a team to meet our challenges head on.

“I am confident that the team of cabinet members and assistants includes the right blend of youth and experience that will serve the district well.

“If approved I wish Coun Shaw well in his new role.”

The number of cabinet assistants will increase from four to seven, so that each cabinet member has an assistant apart from Coun Box.

Cabinet members are given an extra £13,168.26 a year on top of their basic allowances of £10,985.20, to cover their extra responsibilities.

Last year assistant cabinet members got an extra £8,802.27 – but the council said this amount would be cut in half this year.