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Star date: 17th October 2012

WHO GETS THE CREAM IN SALFORD?

As austerity bites and Salford Council plans to impose wage cuts on its own staff, those at the top are still doing rather nicely. Today we begin a series of features on the Fat Cats of Salford – beginning with those lapping up the cream at Salford Council.

In further articles we expose the Salford Fats Cats of health, education, housing, arts, charities, transport and other bodies that rely on public money. Read on and watch this space!

Full details here…


Salford Fat Cats
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As Salford Council plans to impose its `take a pay cut or you're sacked' deal to staff (see here for previous Salford Star feature), others at the top end are doing rather nicely. Today we begin a series on the Fat Cats of Salford – those at the top of organisations relying on public money, Lottery handouts or charitable status…

Where else to begin but Salford Council itself, where there's a 15:1 ratio between the highest and lowest paid staff and where, last year, out of 301 jobs axed at the Council, 206 were workers who earned less than £20,000.

Top Fat Cat at Salford Council is, of course, Chief Exec, Barbara Spicer, who saw her annual package rise from £210,392 in 2010/11 to £211,607 in 2011/12, thanks to an increase in employer pension contributions.

Martin Vickers, 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. We believe he's the Council officer initiating the £15million wage cut to staff. That will be the wage cut that doesn't apply to anyone earning over £41,500.

Sue Lightup, Strategic Director for Community, Health and Social Carecurrently in charge of cuts including the £80,000 axe for community care work staff - gets a package worth £133,777.

Ben Dolan, Strategic Director of Environment and Community Safety, trousers a package worth £124,038and he's in charge of slashing refuse collectors' wages by up to £10,000 (see here)Will Ben shed any tears for a street cleaner earning £16,830, who stands to lose £1,100 a year in the wage cut?

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, pockets a £69,000 allowancean increase of £30,735 on the previous allowance for the Leader of Salford City Council. John Merry picked up a `mere' £38,265. We're still trying to work out what the Mayor actually does to warrant such an increase. Sit on a bus? Slash staff wages? Give out prizes? Promise nothing? Tell everyone he wished he had a magic wand?

Salford Council has still got a Ceremonial Mayor, picking up £18,369 – surely he can give out prizes, sit on a bus, promise nothing etc?

Meanwhile, the City Mayor's Deputy, David Lancaster has really hit the jackpot with an allowance of £44,850: not far off double what he picked up last year (£24,717) as Deputy Leader.

And the Assistant Mayors are doing rather nicely too. Strategic Assistant Mayors and Assistant Mayors get £13,011 on top of their councillor basic of £10,080, making a total of £23,091, as per last year's Cabinet members. That's £23,091. And these posts are not full time. Many of them have jobs on the side too which we will be trying to disclose.

Other Assistant Mayors get £19,838a hike of over £3,500 compared to the £16,254 they were paid as mere `Executive Support Members'.

Wage rises, big salaries and allowances for one set of Salford Council Fat Cats – wage cuts or the sack for the lower paid… 

Fat Cats of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, The Lowry, the Salford Foundation, Salford City College, University of Salford, NHS, Salford Royal Hospital, Salix Homes, Transport for Greater Manchester and lots, lots more!

See Part Two - click here

See Part Three - click here

See Part Four - click here

See Part Five - click here

See Part Six - click here

*This is an extended version of a feature that first appeared in Salford City UNISON magazine Stand Up For Salford - click here for online version

black dog wrote
at 19:02:50 on 27 November 2014
the biggest crime was in 1974 when they got rid of the local councils and councillors who did for free and for the good of the town.then they started to pay these career politicians who have no powers because they have let the private sector take over and just sit in one meeting after another taking there fees and saying it for "the good of the town" the decision. when in reality it is good for them the private sector and big pension funds
 
Reg Howard wrote
at 08:07:24 on 25 October 2012
We can all sit here and pontificate on the rights and wrongs and the why's and wherefores of this council,the reality is, the people of Salford have become so apathetic that they have allowed the so called"Labour Party" to get a strangle hold on our city. I use the words "so called" because I truly believe that this bunch make Maggie Thatcher look like Karl Marx. What I believe is needed in Salford is for all the small groups, i.e mum and baby,allotment holders etc, to get together in their respective wards and nominate one of their own as candidate,then vote for that person and persuade all of their friends and neighbours to do the same,this is the only way for Salford to regain some of its dignity which has been taken away by these self centred egotists, who run the Clowncil.
 
Just a Thought.... wrote
at 06:49:12 on 23 October 2012
How's about those at the top take a 10% Cut Transferable to those actually doing the work, a further 20% Cut to improve the lot of the directorates they run and last but not least 10% towards the coffers of the council tax? Our Council tax goes up..no explanation why, but then senior officers get improvements (sorry, but the 'hard times' spiel must only apply to the lower workforce and unfortunate ratepayer - I'm sure it helps pay the Mortgage/Council tax in Another Authority). Is this what the majority of spending is on? Execs Pay? Given the fancy titles they were issued when the Executive Mayor was voted in - i'd expected to see some improvement in this blue tinged Brave New World - as I see it directors seem to lining their pockets for little in return, Swinton Town Hall has forgotten about the people they claim to serve - perhaps if they lived here they might do summat to earn that inflated salary ...but unless you're on rich mans row in the affluent areas - they just don't listen.
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 15:08:22 on 22 October 2012
Thank goodness for the Salford Star. Ok we're not going to change anything but, at least we can let off steam. There are always some well presented arguments in these columns and it saddens me to think they will all fall on deaf ears. Salford council neither hear nor care what the people of this city need or want, they have an agenda they will keep to no matter what. We can bluster all we want but it will make no difference, they will continue make cuts, enhance their own positions and look forward to a comfortable retirement. They will be voted into power again next time. Sorry to sound so pessimistic but, this is how it is and will continue to be so, such is the apathy of the general population so we may as well get used to it.
 
Just a thought wrote
at 06:13:14 on 22 October 2012
RE: Follow on article - Can someone ask the question why our beloved university receives ANY public funding given it joined in the Cabal to become separated from the Education System and enable itself to charge sky high fees? In One Move, it severed any chance to be publicly funded - so why is it so ?
 
Steve Winder wrote
at 20:23:23 on 21 October 2012
Am I surprised? Not on your nelly! These pocket liners are all the same, full of wind! Promise the Earth, then when elected do exactly Zilch! Leeches, pariahs, call them what you will, there are plenty of them. They should all be subject to a time & motion deal, & anyone found not to be fulfilling their roles, should be taken to Court for Theft. One things for sure, the don't give a Stuff for anyone but themselves. Parasites!
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 13:57:20 on 18 October 2012
Why not cut all those salaries over £100,000 by half? Then take back the new allowances for the deputy dawgs or mares or mayors or whatever they call these useless leeches. Only then could ordinary people start to have even a modicum of sympathy for these cuts. In fact if sacked the whole lot & got a group of 14 year olds to run the city as a class project we would probably be better off. I also notice that not one of these vermin have the balls to defend their actions on the Salford Star website. Hardly surprising though, most of them would have trouble reading the article.
 
Brian f kirkham wrote
at 11:59:47 on 18 October 2012
This Articles highlights the long term problem at our Local Authority. Those at the top always got the cream, whilst those doing the vital jobs were given their pay cuts or notice of Dismissal. What i'd like to know is, in the light of Pay Cuts for those staff actually doing the work, are the Executive going to face similar pay cuts or a pay freeze. Managers and Councillors alike need to appreciate the work done by the workers they employ, or otherwise their words of criticism for those in central governance will count for nothing.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:59:25 on 18 October 2012
Mary, all that will happen at the next local elections is that the Automatic Labour Voters (i.e. New Conservatives) will vote Labour in again.
 
Ned wrote
at 09:11:10 on 18 October 2012
Well said , Mary . These people are traitors . Greedy Stewart and his gang must be booted out of this city .
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 06:56:43 on 18 October 2012
It's bad enough when you think how much they all making,but when you see it there in black and white it makes me feel sick. You wouldn't mind if they were doing their job and were value for money,but most of them are just feathering their nests and don't give a stuff about the residents of this city.When we had support members they did sod all and now they get a new title,a wage rise and I bet still doing sod all. If the people of this city don't do something at the next local elections, then we are all stuffed good and proper.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 13:28:36 on 17 October 2012
The Mayors and Execs are cowards not leaders. Real leaders lead by example and lead from the front. Making their less empowered colleagues suffer their 'tough decisions' while remaining unaffected themselves is cowardice. I doubt they'd even consider taking their share of the misery. Salford Council Leaders: stormy weather, first into the lifeboats.
 
Peter Tully Snr wrote
at 12:06:46 on 17 October 2012
Well, Well, Well, I can see that very soon these lazy good for nothing scum will get what is truly coming to them! Time for the people of this Great City to bring the robbing B*stards to task. If this is no a crime against Salford Folk then please explain what is.
 
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