£1.2 million bill to pay Stoke-on-Trent City Council's top officers
SENIOR officers at a cost-cutting council pocketed £1.2 million in salary and expenses, as residents faced £36 million cuts and hundreds of workers lost their jobs.
Residents groups today called on Stoke-on-Trent City Council's senior directors to take voluntary pay reductions as a gesture of goodwill as the authority continues to grapple unprecedented budget cuts.
It comes as newly-published records for 2011/12 show that seven executives were paid more than £100,000 in salary, allowances and pension contributions.
The authority said its salaries "reflect the market rate" and help attract high calibre candidates for crucial executive roles.
Save 10% off any cleaner ending 7p with this voucher
i.e. £99.97 would save you £10
All the top brands, Dyson,Miele,Siemens,Panasonic,Sebo,Numatic & more
Clean up with our Sring Cleaner offer
Print this voucher and hand in at any store to save 10% off any 7p pricepoint
Shop local and you can always get the belts etc from us as well so you arn't left searching for them.
Contact: 01782 342609
Valid until: Saturday, June 08 2013
Figures for 2011/12, which saw £36 million cuts, reveal:
- The authority's seven biggest earners received a total of £1,257,594 in salary, allowances and pension contributions;
- Chief executive John van de Laarschot's total pay package was £223,203;
- Social care boss Tony Oakman claimed £163,974, while regeneration chief Hardial Bhogal received a total of £149,512.
Accounts for the year include the £358,218 claimed by Sharon Menghini, outgoing director of children and young people's services, who was paid £174,000 to walk away from her job. The authority has a total of 271 employees earning more than £50,000 a year, down from 355 in 2010/11 as the council made redundancies.
Opposition City Independents tabled a failed motion calling on workers earning more than £50,000 to take a voluntary five per cent pay cut at February's budget- setting meeting.
Charlie Stewart joined the city council in the new role of assistant chief executive for the 2012/13 financial year, earning a reported £132,000 a year.
He said: "The city council is a billion pound organisation, delivering hundreds of services, with thousands of employees.
"It's important that the authority's most senior managers have the necessary experience and skills to ensure services are effectively managed and delivered. And it's important we have the best calibre people in place."
Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath residents' association, said: "I would ask them to take a reduction in these pay packets as a gesture to the people of the city. It's the public that suffers with all of the cuts."
Alan Joinson, chairman of East Bentilee residents' association, said: "I think a reduction of ten or 15 per cent would be a brilliant gesture.
"I understand these people have worked their way up to the top jobs but do they really need this much money? They don't live in the real world."
Mum-of-two Melissa Turner, aged 35, of Fenton, added: "They always say it's the best wages to get the best people, but we don't get any benefit from that when all we hear about is cuts."