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…