What merits an increase in pay?
SO OUR chief executive, John van de Loadsadosh, is to get a wage increase of £5,400, raising his salary from £189,600 to £195,000.
This is a 2.89 per cent rise. The question has got to be why has Stoke-on-Trent City Council employed this waste of space with an incremental increase in his contract.
Interestingly this increase does not come under the Government's public sector pay freeze.
He is the chief executive of a city that measures only seven miles by four miles.
Why hasn't our council implemented pay cuts at the top, when they knew they had to bring in drastic cuts? They should take a 10 or 15 per cent pay cut. If the council leaders announced pay cuts the public would think better of them.
In other areas pay cuts have taken place due to cuts. I refer to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which has cut the pay of its chief executive by six per cent. His directors have taken a pay cut too.
This pay rise comes at a time when the councillors of our city have sanctioned cuts to the value of £21 million, with 200 jobs losses, the closure of St Michael's care home and 30 to 40 lollipop men and women losing their jobs. This is on top of the £36 million cuts and another 1,000 job losses.
Reading in The Sentinel Mr van der Laarschot has to undertake an appraisal to assess his performance – surely can't they see what we all can see.
I can't list anything he has done for this city in the four years he has been in his position.
One thing we must remember is that the Prime Minister of the country is on a measly £142,500.
P A BALL