SALFORD FAT CATS PART THREE
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Austerity and public sector cutbacks hasn't stopped some Chief Execs and top earners lapping up the cream of public money. In Part Three we look at those doing rather nicely out of Greater Manchester bodies that Salford people pay into. Plus we've thrown in Urban Vision too…
GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY (GMCA)
The GMCA incorporates all ten Greater Manchester Councils and deals with things like transport, economic development and regeneration, as skint councils combine their services to, er, save money. But this new Fat Cattery somewhere over the Irwell, only formed in April 2011, already has its execs lapping up the cream.
Last year, one lucky boss pulled in a salary between £125-129,000, three others trousered between £120-125,000, and 33 staff earned over £60,000. Wow! A new combine cash harvester!
Meanwhile, over at AGMA – the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities – which has handed over many of its functions to the GMCA, there's only one Fat Cat left. But what a Fat Cat it is!
While the highest AGMA earner the previous year picked up `just' £65-69,000, during the year to March 2012 this porky pussy pulled in between £135-139,000.
AGMA? GMCA? What are these things? And what do they do all day? No-one seems to know. But working there is definitely the cat's whiskers!
Hard to get Fat Cat figures, as staff work for either Salford Council or Capita but we're sure they'll all be pleased to hear that director, M Greenwood exercised his share options to get a £20,000 `emolument' last year. Now that's planning for you!
TRANSPORT FOR GREATER MANCHESTER
Here bussy, bussy…Chief Exec, David Leather certainly got the cream with a salary in 2011 of £199,936 plus a pension and NI package worth over £50,000 (paid to his employers Ernst and Young). Chief Operating Officer, Bob Morris, was feline ok too with a salary of £189,552 plus a pension and NI package of around £40,000 (paid to his employers Parsons Brinckerhoff). Six others joined them on the gravy train with salaries between £90-£129,999.
GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY
Fat Cats on a hot tin roof, anyone? According to the Chairman of the GMFRA, 2011/12 was a "challenging year due to budget pressures". And sure enough it was, with a recruitment freeze on fire fighters, and cuts in uniform replacements and operational equipment.
So when your pussy is stuck up a tree with no Fireman Sam in sight, you'll be pleased to know that the Chief Exec, S McGuirk, picked up a package worth £200,255 last year, including expenses and pension contributions.
The Deputy County Fire Officer received a £163,361 `remuneration', which includes pension contribution and expenses; the Director of Emergency Response got £142,587; the Director of Prevention and Protection got £140,617; and the Director of Finance and Technical Services got £120,257.
Meanwhile, our own Salford councillors did rather well too from their `Corporate Governance' roles … Councillor Iain Lindley did best, trousering £5,299.84 in Fire Governance allowances (on top of his basic councillor allowance of £10,080). Next up was Councillor George Wilson, picking up £3,974.91 in Fire Governance allowances, while Councillor Jim Dawson received £3,911.91.
GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE AUTHORITY
It was also a challenging year for the Police, having to find £50million in savings during 2011-12. So it's really pleasing to know that in the previous financial year, 2010-11, there were nine Fat Cats in the force earning a basic wage over £100,000 – and now there are, er, still nine Fat Cats in the force earning a basic wage over £100,000.
Top cop, Chief Constable P Fahy, trousered a package worth £213,622 including pension contributions and expenses. His basic salary rose by over £3000, from £187,899 in 2010-11, to £191,191 in 2011-12.
Behind the Chief is an array of Assistant Chief Constables picking up packages worth between £116,000 - £127,000 including pension contributions and expenses.
In the background lurks Salford Council Chief Executive, Barbara Spicer, who gets 20% of her £200,000+ salary and remuneration package paid for by the Police Authority for services rendered.
And Salford's very own Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Lancaster, seriously cashed in during 2011-12 with a Police governance role bringing in a total of £18,488.47 including a basic allowance, special responsibility allowance, sitting on a tribunal allowance – and an expenses claim of £16.40…
…All this on top of the £24,717 he was picking up for his day job as Deputy Leader of Salford Council. A year on, and Councillor Lancaster is now pulling in £44,850 as Deputy Mayor. Surely he doesn't still get these Police pay days too? That would be a mugging of Salford council tax payers. Call the cops!
More pampered moggies in Greater Manchester, plus the Fat Cats that get the cream in the Salford's housing and health service …yep, here comes Hazel's husband again - see Health Fat Cats Part Five - click here
Salford Fat Cats Part Four - click here
Salford Fat Cats Part Five - click here