Top council officer to go in merger of departments

A SENIOR officer is leaving Bolton Council , as plans were unveiled to merge two of its biggest departments.

John Rutherford, Director of Health and Adult Social Care, is to leave the council at the end of the month as part of what the council said were plans to meet its £35.6 million spending cuts target.

Mr Rutherford has worked for the council since 2003 and earns £130,000 a year.

His department — the authority’s biggest with an annual budget of £95 million — could now be merged with the third biggest department, children’s services, as part of efforts to slash spending by £500,000.

Margaret Asquith, Director of Children’s Services, will take over responsibility for both departments on an interim basis ahead of a formal merger proposed for later this year. In an email to staff, council chief executive Sean Harriss said: “The council is in a difficult financial position and John’s decision will help us as we seek to deliver a further £500,000-worth of savings from the council’s top tier of management, the cost of which has already halved since 2009.

“Further detail about how the new department will operate on an interim basis will be set out by Margaret Asquith over the next few weeks.”

Mr Rutherford said: “I’ve appreciated my time in Bolton and would offer my best wishes to all who have worked with me.

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10:07am Sat 22 Sep 12

Bendix says...

How much of a pay off is he getting? How much is being added to his pension? And how soon will he be re-employed as a " consultant "?
How much of a pay off is he getting? How much is being added to his pension? And how soon will he be re-employed as a " consultant "? Bendix
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9:01pm Sat 22 Sep 12

underwater says...

Good ,can some more go!. The less the better. If people want to keep having kids they should be made to look after there interests themselves, without any imput from so called childrens services. Also money could be saved by reducing the heating in what used to be my local library now another Childrens centre. The World does not and never has revolved around children stop wasting my council tax on them.
Good ,can some more go!. The less the better. If people want to keep having kids they should be made to look after there interests themselves, without any imput from so called childrens services. Also money could be saved by reducing the heating in what used to be my local library now another Childrens centre. The World does not and never has revolved around children stop wasting my council tax on them. underwater
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5:03pm Sun 23 Sep 12

dressit says...

With reference to Underwaters comment 9.01pm Sat 22 Sep 12.

Both myself and my husband work to provide a stable home for our children, as you point out they are our respncibility.
Now guess what......we have involvement with Children's Services.........The
y provide respite to our family for our daughter who is severly disabled, (by the way we didnt decided to have a disabled child.it happened) without this support you with your obviously hard earned taxes (I am presuming you are a working person) would be forking out a hell of a lot more money supporting a single parents of 2 (myself) on benefits.
Childrens Services DO NOT just proved support to families with problems they provide support to stable hard working families, do not judge what you have no knowledge about.
Oh by the way..........I work for Children's Services............
With reference to Underwaters comment 9.01pm Sat 22 Sep 12. Both myself and my husband work to provide a stable home for our children, as you point out they are our respncibility. Now guess what......we have involvement with Children's Services.........The y provide respite to our family for our daughter who is severly disabled, (by the way we didnt decided to have a disabled child.it happened) without this support you with your obviously hard earned taxes (I am presuming you are a working person) would be forking out a hell of a lot more money supporting a single parents of 2 (myself) on benefits. Childrens Services DO NOT just proved support to families with problems they provide support to stable hard working families, do not judge what you have no knowledge about. Oh by the way..........I work for Children's Services............ dressit
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9:41am Tue 25 Sep 12

heskey12 says...

Bendix wrote:
How much of a pay off is he getting? How much is being added to his pension? And how soon will he be re-employed as a " consultant "?
maybe a few more could go and put the money in the places and homes where it is needed the most!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bendix[/bold] wrote: How much of a pay off is he getting? How much is being added to his pension? And how soon will he be re-employed as a " consultant "?[/p][/quote]maybe a few more could go and put the money in the places and homes where it is needed the most!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! heskey12
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6:45pm Mon 15 Oct 12

19bex82 says...

What a disgusting comment from underwater...!!
Lets not forget that it isn't just children's services, it is also Adult services which, may I add, you may one day need yourself one day!
Another unwanted response from another fellow taxpayer who seems angry at the wrong people!
John Rutherford is leaving... The service is still there... Moron!!
What a disgusting comment from underwater...!! Lets not forget that it isn't just children's services, it is also Adult services which, may I add, you may one day need yourself one day! Another unwanted response from another fellow taxpayer who seems angry at the wrong people! John Rutherford is leaving... The service is still there... Moron!! 19bex82
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