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Thirteen top jobs are being advertised as South Holland and Breckland district councils enter what they describe as “an exciting new phase of shared management”.

The reorganisation may also bring redundancies for existing staff at South Holland’s Priory Road base if they don’t fit into the new structure.

South Holland hasn’t revealed the likely numbers of job losses – or potential savings from the new structure that has seen positions advertised with salaries up to £69,401.

In 2010/2011 South Holland lost long-standing officers when jobs went as part of the shared management agenda.

The Free Press asked about potential job losses in Spalding from the latest step and a council spokesman told us: “People in current roles can apply for the positions. We can’t comment further at this stage in terms of redundancies or savings as we’re currently in the middle of the process.”

South Holland and Breckland were among the first to share senior managers in a move that’s saved £4.4million and cut the council tax demand on residents despite reduced Government funding.

Chief executive Anna Graves said: “The 13 vacancies being advertised are not all ‘additional’ posts. Savings will continue to be made by sharing the management team between the two councils.

“The new structure will support the development of a whole council approach to transformation which will improve performance and efficiency.

“Existing staff can apply for the vacant posts. It is possible that the restructure may result in redundancies, for example if colleagues do not choose to apply for one of the new roles or are not successful in securing one of those posts.

“We cannot yet provide any detail of these as the process is ongoing.”

Council leader Gary Porter said: “I am committed to building South Holland District Council as a new ‘free council’, keeping the council tax low and becoming financially independent of central government funding so we can drive enterprise and community growth for the benefit of local residents and businesses – and to do so we are launching a drive to bring the best manager talent to our transformational shared management team.

“Our future successes, shared with Breckland Council in Norfolk, will be delivered through ambitious political leadership and a determined and entrepreneurial executive management team.

“I have tasked the chief executive, with her new executive management team, to deliver a radical and highly practical approach to community leadership, together with commercialisation of local services.

“Innovation combined with sound financial and resource management skills, is a key priority for all our senior people.

“Our successes to date in cost sharing and efficient joint working mean the council is now operating at the forefront of local government transformation and at the same time strengthening our distinct community identity.”

l The posts include three executive positions with salaries ranging from £56,457 to £69,401 to cover governance, growth and income and prosperity. The others (with salaries between £36,283 and £47,937) are: chief accountant, communities manager, digital and customer manager, housing manager, HR manager, two inward investments managers, IT manager, licensing and business support manager, planning and building control manager and programme delivery manager. The closing date for applications is July 10.