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SALFORD COUNCIL FAT CATS THRIVE AS LOW PAID LOSE JOBS
 

Star date: 5th July 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD COUNCIL FAT CATS GET FATTER AS OVER 300 JOBS LOST

While over three hundred, mainly low paid, workers at Salford Council have lost their jobs over the last year, senior officers have continued to earn huge and growing salaries.

Salford Council's draft accounts, released today, show earnings increases for the Chief Exec, the Director of Children's Services and a whopping £20,000 pay rise for the Director of Customer and Support Services. Meanwhile highly paid officers also left the Council with huge pay offs.

Full details here…


Salford Council's draft accounts for the year 2011/12 show top officers continuing to earn mega salaries, while low paid workers lose their jobs.

While 301 jobs were axed at Salford Council last year, 206 of those workers earned less than £20,000. And top paid officers who did leave took huge pay offs with them…

Assistant Chief Executive, Kevin Brady, got a £19,981 `compensation for loss of office' plus his £115,700 wage plus a `capitalised cost of early retirement of £105,808' on his pension, making a grand total package of £260,252 to ease his path to obscurity when he leaves the Council's employ in October. He's currently to be found, er, `tackling the issue of worklessness' at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Strategic Director of Regeneration, Paul Walker, walked away with £68,826 `compensation for loss of office' to go with his £134,291 salary, pension and expenses, making a total package of £203,117.

City Treasurer, John Spinks got a `capitalised cost of early retirement of £57,367' on top of his normal salary, pension and expenses, making a total package of £152,271.

While this trio have left Salford Council, those fat cats who remain are getting fatter…

Chief Exec, Barbara Spicer, saw her annual package rise from £210,392 in 2010/11 to £211,607 in 2011/12, thanks to a decrease in expenses but an increase in employer pension contributions. 20% of Bab's wages are currently paid for by the Greater Manchester Police Authority but expect this to be cut next year when the new elected police commissioner comes on board. Will she stay or will she go???

Meanwhile, Martin Vickers, with the strangulated title of the Strategic Director for Customer and Support Services, saw his total package rise by over £20,000 - from £104,124 in 2010/11 to £124,346 in 2011/12.

Ben Dolan, who arrived in December 2011 as Strategic Director of Environment and Community Safety, picks up a package worth £124,038, while the new post of Development Director, taken up by former Salford URC employee Karen Hirst, has popped with a huge package of £116,945.

The only decrease in earnings for the top paid Council officers has been for the Strategic Director for Community, Health and Social Care, Sue Lightup. Her total package fell from £134,681 in 2010/11 to £133,777 in 2011/12, thanks to claiming over £800 less in expenses.

While the total numbers of Salford Council non-school staff earning over £50,000 has fallen by 17 (from 97 to 80), those at the very top are still doing very nicely…

 

 

 

mary ferrer wrote
at 3:33:23 PM on Monday, July 9, 2012
Clever clive, don't forget the 2 new posts that were up for grabs not so long ago, just after the May elections. They were for 2 assistants to the Mayor. Now I am not sure which Mayor we do have 2. They are all like bookends,or buy one,get one free.But the only thing here in sunny Salford they don't come free.
 
Clever clive wrote
at 10:49:41 AM on Monday, July 9, 2012
Hang on we have Assistant Mayors and we have Strategic Directors both doing the same job, and we have 3 councillors doing the same job in each ward!!!!!! HELLO Mr mayor wake up, how much are we wasteing here???? No wonder Salford is the butt of so many jokes.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 12:06:27 AM on Monday, July 9, 2012
The rich get richer and sorry to say the poor get poorer. We have allowed this to happen. We have elected a Mayor and people thought Ms Spicer and her post would go, but no we end up paying for both along with assistants to the Mayor (not the elected ones)and god knows how many press officers. There is little or no challange now within the council, there are no councillors from the other party on any major committee and they are not on the cabinet so Labour can and will do what ever they want. People who voted this lot in will have to live with this along with the rest of us who knew what would happen.
 
£68,826 payoff wrote
at 8:33:53 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2012
So the head of "sustainable Regeneration" gets a payoff off £68,826? I think this puts it into perspective http://salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=1400
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 6:00:20 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2012
Joe, I don't agree - it's not laziness that keeps everyone away, a lot of people are just realising that voting is pointless, all it does is endorse a non-democratic system and encourage the self serving Parties that inhabit it. Staying away from the ballot box is therefore a perfectly valid democratic choice.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 4:01:22 PM on Friday, July 6, 2012
The Sad part is people had the chance to put a stop to this,but were to lazy to get off their fat arses to vote,this as gone on for years and today they is no oppostion to raise the issues,so the like of these top feeders get fat while others join the long lines leading to the dole.the unions put the likes of stewart in what chance have real activist against the might of unite? no chance.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 9:51:26 AM on Friday, July 6, 2012
Getting rid of any of these people would easily cover the £130,000 of our money that they lost. This also might encourage the remaining overpaid, non-elected, non-performing numpties to get their act together
 
Sick of Parasites wrote
at 9:50:37 AM on Friday, July 6, 2012
Utterly disgraceful . My contempt and hatred for these thieving , leeching parasites is endless . They are filth . They are scum . This is just so wrong .. What can we do about this ? Any thoughts, Mike Moulding ?
 
Michael Moulding wrote
at 1:07:51 AM on Friday, July 6, 2012
David Cameron - "We are all in this together!" Does this apply to Salford Labour and their FATCATS ? All in the same piss pot ! Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 2:38:04 PM on Thursday, July 5, 2012
Interesting spreadsheet you have here Salford star, given the hundred thousand quid sums you have listed in column A, why are these individuals allowed expense accounts ? Can't this lot afford the costs incurred as part of their employment ? Or is it the case, like all local government officials, it's a perk for the higher posted jobs ? Scrapping column E (expense allowances) might drop the council tax as quite a few reach or go over the £250 mark...or are chocolate bars and petrol receipts now considered "Essentials"?
 
Mike Kelly wrote
at 2:37:59 PM on Thursday, July 5, 2012
Absolute disgrace,have a look at Buille Hill Park, some of the money these robbers have taken needs spending on facilities for the people of Salford. The park is in dire need of men to work it in and money to be spent on it.
 
Deadwood . wrote
at 2:37:50 PM on Thursday, July 5, 2012
Time to form a posse and go sort out the Shabby -Suited Looters . Let's have us a mass lynching .
 
Peter Tully wrote
at 12:10:19 PM on Thursday, July 5, 2012
Bunch of highway men. How can this be allowed! With the council giving away £130,000 to robbers and now this, what will be next! Just as bad as Mr. Diamond from Barclays Bank. Lets take control back from these PLONKERS.
 
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