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Changes at the top as Rutland County Council prepares for financial 'tipping point'




Independent councillor Jeff Dale was elected as the new chairman of Rutland County Council at their annual meeting on Monday.

Coun Dale took over the role from Coun Edward Baines, while Coun Nick Begy (Con) will continue as vice-chairman.

Among cabinet changes, Coun Ian Razzell joined as portfolio holder for planning, while responsibility for culture and leisure services moved from Coun Lucy Stephenson to Coun Alan Walters.

Edward Baines was elected as Rutland County Council chairman on Monday
Edward Baines was elected as Rutland County Council chairman on Monday

Coun Karen Payne’s portfolio expanded to include governance and performance.

The changes came as the council prepares to decide on a range of cost-cutting proposals set out last month.

Coun Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council, said they were approaching a challenging period with councils at a financial 'tipping point' while still having to support individuals and businesses through Covid.

Leader of Rutland County Council Oliver Hemsley said the authority faces a challenging period
Leader of Rutland County Council Oliver Hemsley said the authority faces a challenging period

"Urgent calls for more funding from central government have been largely ignored, meaning councils that have already made huge cuts are having to find even more savings," he said.

"We’ve seen in recent weeks what this could mean for some of Rutland’s local services and it’s not the position we want to be in.

“The ongoing Future Rutland Conversation will provide the basis for a new vision for Rutland – one that will help us to make plans and take any difficult decisions based on what’s most important to local people.”

Among other appointments, scrutiny committees will be chaired by Conservative councillors Samantha Harvey (adults and health), Paul Ainsley (children and young people), and June Fox (growth, infrastructure and resources).

In a further change, Coun Edward Baines (Con) was made planning and licensing committee chairman, while Coun Rosemary Powell (Ind) continues as audit and risk committee chairman.



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