Calderdale Council is considering merging its Adults’ Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services teams to create one directorate, which will continue to deliver the same local services, but under the leadership of one director.
Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:
“Our Director of Adults’ Social Care, Bev Maybury is leaving the Council to move to a new role in Bradford. Under Bev’s leadership Calderdale’s adult social care has become nationally acclaimed and I would like to thank her for her contribution to the development of the directorate. She’ll be missed.
“In the last year our adults’ and children’s services teams have been working more closely together, including creating a joint commissioning team and considering how to improve the experience of living with disabilities across all ages, whether child or adult.
“In a period where we are facing challenging savings targets yet still want to keep improving services, Bev’s departure has given us the opportunity to review our structure to build further on this work. We think it now makes sense for us to consider the benefits of merging them and look for even more areas where joint working can improve lives.”
Decisions about the Council’s structure are made by full Council following recommendations from the Governance and Business Committee.
If the recommendation is accepted by the Council it will see the creation of a new Adults’ and Children’s Services directorate under the leadership of Stuart Smith, who has led major improvements in children’s services over recent years and who has also led a joint Adults’ and Children’s service previously.