Discussions started for joint chief

Discussions have started between Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council about the possibility of a joint Chief Executive.

Informal discussions between leaders Cllr. David Hughes and Cllr. Paul Middlebrough have started to explore the merits of a shared arrangement, which would ultimately save both councils money.

Cllr. Paul Middlebrough, Leader at Wychavon, said: "We have a long history of working together and sharing a significant number of services already, so these discussions feel like a logical step in the right direction."

Cllr. David Hughes, Leader at MHDC, said: "We have been talking to colleagues in other councils where there are similar arrangements. This demonstrated to us that it is worth consideration by our respective councils and we are preparing proposals for discussion and debate. Also we have been encouraged by comments from the Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis."

Both councils have targets for further cost savings in the coming years, as part of wider reductions in public spending, and this would be a significant contribution to those savings, whilst forging stronger relationships between both councils.

Officers and members at both councils have been informed of the discussions. Whilst there are no details available at this early stage, a guarantee that each council will keep its independent identity has been confirmed.