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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL FAT CATS INCREASE
 

Star date: 9th August 2010

SALFORD COUNCIL EMPLOYEES EARNING OVER £50,000 INCREASES... HOLD ON A SEC, AREN'T WE SUPPOSED TO BE CUTTING BACK?

Shutting down homeless hostels, `reconfiguring' youth services and slashing adult social services… £40million of cuts? But the number of Salford Council employees earning over £50,000 has increased.

What the hell is going on at Salford Council? The fat cats just got fatter!

Full details here…


Despite all the cuts, the total number of Salford Council employees earning over £50,000 increased in the financial year ending March 2011, according to the Council's draft accounts.

Up to March 2010, 253 people earned over £50,000. By March 2011 that figure had risen to 259. And those Council fat cats earning between £115-£119,000 had doubled from two to four.

The lucky quartet were the Strategic Director of Community, Health and Social Care, Sue Lightfoot, who picked up £116,841, or £134,321 including exes and pension; the Assistant Chief Executive, Kevin Brady, who trousered £116,662, or £134,142 including exes and pension; the Strategic Director of Regeneration, Paul Walker,  who netted £116,662, or £134,142 including exes and pension; and the former Strategic Director of Customer and Support Services, who bailed out at the end of the year with a £116,671 salary, or £134,151 including exes and pension.

The biggest increase in salaried employees earning over £50,000 in 2010-11 came in the £60-75,000 bracket (before pension and expenses), where 78 people are included, as opposed to 66 the year before.

But the chief fat cat is still Chief Executive, Barbara Spicer who pocketed £202,450 including exes and pension - an increase of a mere £1,337 on the previous year, thanks to the Council upping its contributions to her pension.

Next time Salford Council decides to axe funding for a homeless hostel, or cut funding for carers, youth or mental health services, perhaps residents would like to point out the top salaries of those who are getting the cream…

See last year's Council fat cats - click here

Graphic by Jamie Reid

 

DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 13:04:21 on 11 December 2011
Joe O'neill makes valid comments regarding the disgraceful squander and waste at Salford council .As an ex-councillor , he knows from experience the antics at the Madhouse . The apathy of the electorate is another problem , slavishly voting the same arrogant , ignorant traitors back into office . The council should be shedding 'executives' as other councils are , or at the very least slashing their exorbitant wages .No council in britain is efficient , and this must end . The way forward could well be an elected mayor - one who undertakes to slash the outrageous rip-off council tax .
 
Council Watcher , Un-impressed. wrote
at 06:38:24 on 11 December 2011
I really must commend the Salford Pimpernelle for an excellent posting . I must add that the obscene salaries paid to these greedy snouts-in-the -trough individuals are disgusting . These individuals are not worth one quarter of these incomes . As for Spicer's salary , I am speechless with rage and anger . A third rate slum city like Salford should pay no more than average wages to these greedy pigs , and if they don't like it let them find a job in the real world of work , the private sector . Enjoy the dole queue . It is high time this inept council halved the number of 'executives' and councillors , stopped all the waste, ended all the non-jobs, and attempted to provide value for the extortionate council tax for once . Typically , this lot prefer to slash services for people in need , but who cannot fight back . Disgusting . Great reporting , Salford Star . The truth is out there , but the council don't want us to know .
 
Salford Pimpernelle wrote
at 20:56:13 on 10 August 2011
Barbara Spicer, Chief exec, £201.000, over paid by about £171.000 ( some well educated polish immigrant could do her job for about £30.000, about time there was a bit of competition at the top of the ladder, instead of the lower end having their pay cut) . Labour leader & head of council John Merry £40.000+ , for the mess he's made of the council, he should be paying us, over paid lump of lard ass, has he learnt to iron that shirt yet, gives tramps everywhere a bad name, maybe the tax payer can sponsor him to keep his mouth shut, seems every time he opens it, it costs Salford tax payers millions in money, if the hole in John Merry’s ass was as big as the hole in his head he’d be a fine figure of a man, why has the council spent hundreds of ££ on a full length mirror for Mr Merry office, just so he can tie his shoe laces, just lose a bit weight John. All Labour councillors & MPs, over paid incompetent tossers that brought a once GREAT COUNTRY and city to its knees, need I say any more. Salford Reds stadium ( £ 22 Million, again Labour donors and friends getting tax payers money, at no risk to there own wealth ). London Philharmonic Orchestra, sorry Salford Philharmonic Orchestra, (£ 20 Million of tax payer’s money over so many years, thought Labour hated upper crust snobs, unless you’re a Champaign Labour socialist like merry and blears). Proms in the park, (thousands £££s +, more Champaign Labour socialist snobs that the tax payer has to pay for, amazing that only a small % of Salfordian’s attend Rugby, the Prom’s or attend the Philharmonic Orchestra, but these organisations get a large slice of public money, that equates to about 99% of what this council need to save, without having to cut services. The Lowry Centre ( £900.000 + Per year, again why’s the public subsidising a private business, and one that the chief exec, a number year’s ago got a £170.000 bonus) .A chauffeured limo with private reg for the Lord Mayor ( Thousands each year, sell the car and private reg plate & the Lord Mayor gold chain, I'am sure he can buy a snide gold chain up Bury new road, let the Lord Mayor take the bus like everyone else then he’ll know what it’s like to sit next to some brain dead Labour supporting piss head or drug addict , if it’s good enough for the little old lady down the road it’s good enough for the Lord Mayor, PS the last time I saw the Lord Mayor the little porker could do with losing some weight the exercise will do him good. Salford ice rink again thousand of £££s spent on something we don’t need, hell just when Salford’s was under two foot of snow and ice, John Merry & his merry men decide to spend good money to buy more of the bloody stuff, the lunatics have taken over the asylum. My apologies for the terms & words above I have booked my self on to a political correctness course where I will have a lobotomy and be deemed clinically brain dead, I shall not be able to think for my self any more , or I could just join the Labour party and attend the next Labour party conference, same result, fraction of the cost . p.s Turn the heating off in the Town hall, Swinton, the amount of hot air that comes from the labour councillors should be enough to heat the building. and if you could keep John Merry & John Wairmisham away from the sweets trolly, that should save a couple of thousend a year. Signed the Salford Pimpernelle
 
joe oneill wrote
at 16:45:43 on 09 August 2011
The sad part is year on year as the article shows the fat cats do cream of the top of the milk. I raised the question many times twice in my role as Budget spokesman for the Liberal Democrats within SALFORD.but what ever happens people in Salford still vote Labour.You identify the problems you walk the street for months putting out your information and people can't even be bothered to read it.No body seems to care if the bins are emptied on time people think the council are working sadly they are not.Only when people start to loose out in their pockets they ask the questions then it's to late. Joe O'Neill Salford Green Party
 
Gerry Mandering wrote
at 12:53:59 on 09 August 2011
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER , MY ARSE . ONCE AGAIN THE CLUELESS CRETINS AT THE CLOUNCIL HAVE SHOWN THEIR COMTEMPT FOR THE SALFORD TAXPAYERS , WHO ARE BEING FLEECED TO FUND THESE PAY RISES , FOR THE ALREADY OBSCENE - SALARIED PAPER SHUFFING GARBAGE- SPOUTERS . ANYTHING TO SAY , MR MERRY ?
 
Nachtsclepper wrote
at 12:10:49 on 09 August 2011
Still no answer from the funhouse I see. Still even the wild bunch could not have the cheek to try to defend the absolutely indefensible.
 
Felicity Arkwright wrote
at 12:10:41 on 09 August 2011
£202,450 for Scary . Obscene . Can already hear her garbage - spouting about ' jobs for salford ' whilst creeping out the Clown Hall back door to avoid being seen by the angry electorate . Scary must have a really good cleaning job .
 
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