Council leader denies 'pushing out' senior officers
THE Tory leader of Cheshire East Council has denied claims that managers at the authority are being 'pushed out' due to poor performance.
A quarter of the authority's managers are set to be cut in a major restructuring exercise, which could save up to £5 million a year by 2015.
At today's cabinet meeting, council leader Michael Jones reacted angrily to reports that he had told conference delegates that the council's senior officers were 'not good enough'.
Mr Jones flatly denied making the statement at the CW13 regional Conservative conference on Saturday.
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He said: "I suppport our staff, who are doing an excellent job. They work really hard in difficult circumstances."
Council leaders say the changes to management are being made in response to the Lyme Green fiasco, which cost taxpayers £800,000.
But Labour councillors believe Lyme Green is being used as an excuse to push through controversial reforms.