Labour-run Maghull Town Council continues to work to save tax pa

Patrick McKinley

 

Maghull Town Council is continuing its ongoing efficiency drive which has seen the Labour administration slash the council's operational costs.

Since taking control, the Labour councillors have been working to ensure that Maghull tax payers get full value for money from the town council.

The next stage of the cost cutting has seen the council bring meetings earlier and reducing the number of committees.

Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said the earlier time for meetings would save the council money.

Cllr McKinley said: "As part of our continued efficiency drive, we have been looking at how to deploy staff more effectively to meet the needs of the population of Maghull.

"One of the main issues of concern was the amount of time off in lieu staff were taking as a result of long standing custom and practice  where staff members were working through the day and then staffing meetings late into the evening. This was beginning to have an adverse effect on the ability of us to staff town council during peak daytime periods.

"It is about ongoing staffing efficiencies and performance management.

"The town clerk produced a series of recommendations which included starting meetings earlier at 6.30pm, which as well as bringing us in line with Sefton, this will reduce the amount of lieu time and enable us to staff the town hall at key points during the day."

Cllr McKinley said the reduction in the number of committees would also safe staffing hours.

Cllr McKinley said: "As part of this ongoing drive for efficiency, we were conscious that some meetings were very short. So a proposal was made to combine committees to achieve greater efficiency savings.

"We feel these changes will contribute to our ongoing drive to make MTC run as a more effective organisation while utilising scarce resources more effectively."