Lib Dem Group leader on the City Council, Cllr Nick Sandford, has called on council directors and senior officers at the Council to set an example and show commitment to tackling the Council’s massive budget deficit by taking a cut in their own pay.
At a meeting of the latest Employment Committee, Nick asked the committee to request all officers earning over £100,000 a year to accept an immediate 15% cut in their salary.
The meeting was called after a public outcry following a secret meeting of the committee back in February which pushed through increases in pay of up to to 25% for some senior officers, allegedly justified by them taking on more responsibility following a review of the structure of senior management at the Council.
“Senior officers need to set an example in these tough times when the Council has to make £25 million in budget savings next year. Pay for councillors has been frozen for the past four years, adult social care budget is going to be cut by nearly 20%, council tax benefit for the lowest paid is being slashed and yet the Councils top bosses continue to get big increases on what are already very generous salaries. Quite simply it is no longer acceptable and action needs to be taken. No one earning upwards of £140,000 a year is going to suffer hardship if they lose a small portion of their pay.”
Needless to say the meeting ignored Cllr Sandford’s suggestion and ratified the top bosses pay rises agreed earlier this year and a report is being sent to the next meeting of Full Council for further debate.
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