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New councillor elected for Copeland council ward

Ged McGrath Credit: Copeland Council

A new councillor has been elected to represent the Newtown ward on Copeland Council.

Councillor Ged McGrath who lives at the The Green in Millom, was elected on Thursday, June 8.

He has represented the Newtown ward on Millom Town Council since 2015.

Originally from the Midlands, Councillor McGrath moved to the area in 2013.

Following 10 years as a sub-postmaster at the Millom Post Office, Councillor McGrath will now continue working at Copeland MP Trudy Harrison’s constituency office.

Chief executive post to be scrapped

Paul Walker was Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Credit: ITV Border

After five years of service, Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Council Paul Walker has left his job due to a cost-cutting shakeup.

The announcement was followed by the news that the Chief executive post is to be scrapped entirely.

Paul has been a member of the Council’s Corporate Leadership Team who has successfully led the workforce through some significant periods of change, brought about by the unprecedented cuts in central government funding.

The Mayor of Copeland Borough Council, Mike Starkie, has said he hopes that all who know Paul will join the Council in wishing him every success in the future.

The Council services that reported directly to the Chief Executive post will be realigned and the scope of the existing three Director job descriptions are being reviewed.

The Termination Payment made to Paul Walker reflected his entitlements to contractual pay and a redundancy payment in relation to the Council's approved redundancy policy.

It amounted to a total of £119,321, which will be funded through efficiency savings.

The total amount Paul walker will receive in termination payments.

Top £110,000 job at Copeland Council facing axe

Chief Executive Paul Walker. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive at Copeland Council looks set to lose his job, as part of a cost-cutting shake up.

Mike Starkie, Copeland's directly elected major, has put forwards the suggestion to remove the chief executive position.

The role is currently held by Paul Walker, who is thought to earn around £110,000 per year.

Mike Starkie wants to axe the role. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Copeland Council say the proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the executive on September 22:

The mayor will be taking a report to a meeting of the Executive on September 22, where he will ask the Executive to consider the deletion of the role of Chief Executive from the establishment of Copeland Borough Council.

If accepted, the Executive will make recommendations to Council at its meeting on October 1 to consider the proposals, and in particular the statutory role of Head of Paid Service.”

– Copeland Borough Council spokesperson
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