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Ministers Plan New Top Team for Doncaster

Magazine article Public Finance

Ministers Plan New Top Team for Doncaster

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The government plans to parachute a new chief executive and management team into failing Doncaster Council.

In April this year, an Audit Commission report found that the council was poorly run and still haunted by issues caused by IS years of poor management.

The report's findings were accepted by the previous government and the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has since developed a new management structure for the council with the Local Government Association.

If the government's proposals are accepted by the council and Doncaster residents, Rob Vincent, who has been chief executive of Kirklees Council since 2004, will take charge.

Vincent will be paid a salary of £176,000 per year and will be backed by a team of commissioners with the power to hire, discipline and dismiss officers.

The team will also ensure council decision makers do not ignore - or act against - the advice of statutory officers.

A non-executive Intervention and Recovery Board will monitor progress and report to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. …

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