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Star date: 1st July 2013

NEW COUNCIL ACCOUNTS SHOW FAT CATS WINNERS - LOW PAID LOSERS

Draft accounts from Salford Council, released today, show that Fat Cats were the clear winners in the year 2012-13. While cuts of almost £24million were being made, three of the top senior officers in the Council got pay package rises of up to £10,000 each.

Meanwhile, the losers were 177 school and non-school staff earning under £20,000 who lost their jobs. They certainly won't be seeing any Living Wage…

Full details here…


Salford Council's draft accounts for 2012-13 are released today and show that the Fat Cats are still lapping up the financial cream. While the Council was busy cutting budgets to their departments, three of the highest paid senior officers got pay package rises of up to £10,000 each.

Martin Vickers, Strategic Director of Customer and Support Services, saw his total package rise from £124,346 in 2011-12, to £134,194 in 2012-13 (includes pension and expenses).

Ben Dolan, Strategic Director of Environment and Community Safety, also saw his overall package rise from £124,038 in 2011-12, to £134,616 in 2012-13.

Nick Page, Strategic Director of Children's Services, saw his overall package rise from £125,766 in 2011-12, to £134,587 in 2012-13.

While the total packages include pensions, expenses and small extra bungs for working on the Police Commissioner Election last December, all three had really hefty rises in their basic wages.

The Council would argue that having ditched the Assistant Chief Executive and his £115,700 basic salary, those left at the top are entitled to trough up the financial entrails because of the `increased workload' – but try telling that to any normal Council employee now doing extra work, with no extra dosh, to cover colleagues who have had their jobs axed.

Meanwhile, a newcomer into the top seven earners at the Council is Chief Financial Officer, Neil Thornton, on a basic salary of £90,000 plus a pension that will take his total package well over £100,000 (this doesn't show up in the accounts as he missed a few months of the financial year).

The only two top earners who didn't receive a huge pay rise were the Development Director (who?) on a package of £117,341, and Sue Lightup, Strategic Director of Community, Health and Social Care, who was already the second highest earner at the Council, once the Assistant Chief Exec had been binned. She picked up a total package of £133,477 in the year 2012-13.

Which just leaves the Council's top earner, Chief Executive Barbara Spicer, who handbagged a total package just shy of £200,000 in the financial year 2012-13.

On the accounts it looks like Babs was down by over £11,000 on her total of £211,607 in 2011-12, but a small note in the accounts adds that she was paid £8,216 from the Electoral Commission for work during the Police Commissioner Election, on top of her £199,867 Council package during the year. This appears to be a final bung as she's now lost 20% of her salary that was formerly paid by the Greater Manchester Police Authority.

So, while the Fat Cats were still raking it in during the year that they were scheming over almost £24million of cuts, lots of the lowest paid people who work for the Council were picking up redundancy payments.

The accounts show that 177 school and non-school staff who work for the Council and earn under £20,000 left employment - that's 86% of the total axed posts. They left with average `exit packages' of just over £9,000. This compares to the binned Assistant Chief Executive, who got a `loss of office' pay off of almost £20,000 – plus over £91,000 as a pension pot `capitalised cost of early retirement'.

Yep, we're all in this together!

See the full draft accounts, all 169 pages of them - click here

UPDATE: 4th July 2013:

Salford City UNISON Branch Secretary, Steve North, has issued the following statement:

“Following yesterday’s revelations about senior officer pay rises, our members and no doubt the wider population of Salford will be astonished to hear that our local authority believes it is appropriate to spend £72k a year on a spin doctor. How can this be justified to the low-paid home care workers who found out last week that the Council could no longer afford to keep their service, or to the parents of disabled children who might lose respite care? It’s shocking and the Council should change its mind. You don’t improve your public image through spin – you do it by supporting the needs of the people who elected you.”

For previous Salford Star article on the spin doctor click here

Paul wrote
at 21:05:53 on 23 May 2014
how the fuck do we get rid ov these greedy twats where do they live in salford or some posh fuckin area whatever we need to fuck em right of an put our own people in charge.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 06:32:53 on 06 July 2013
Alice, knowing of all the things you have done and been involved with in Salford I will be very sad should you leave. You are an example to us all, you have worked tirelessly and have improved the parts of this city you have touched. Thank you.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 19:12:53 on 03 July 2013
@michael so what did you see during the mayoral elections to say this council doesn't need investigating, were you privy to meetings we the public weren't, do you think for one moment labour and Ian Stewart were going to allow you in to there inner circle to see what they were really up to, some how I don't think so, I think you have got your Walter mitty hat on a gain. I don't really believe your going to the Midlands, I think your spending a couple of years in meadow brook to get your head straightened out.one minute your up labours arse and then the next your slating them.ps 2 years expulsion, I'd be writing to them and asking if they could make it a life time expulsion.
 
Micky Grove wrote
at 19:11:56 on 03 July 2013
Mr Felse on another page on this site you say "I do not support Labour or Ian Stewart", however on this page you say "our Mayor is doing some good work. Salford is moving at a fast pace into a technological future". Simple question here, which one is it, or do you have a severe split personality disorder? Sooner your move to your next target seat the better, WANKER. Go and give someone else a mayor to fuck up their city, like you did ours.
 
Do They Care? wrote
at 14:36:25 on 03 July 2013
Pay rise for what exactly? Childrens services only just out of emergency measures City wide arrears of £7 million Industrial and retail units sat void across the city through lack of vision and investment. And what is it that Ben does apart from say YES and nod his head. We always hear that you have to pay the "going rate" for such skills and acumen in the real world, that maybe true but in the real world such people succeed and improve not fail year in year out (otherwise they get the sack)These payments are an insult to the hard working people of Salford. This train ride needs to stop.
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 14:36:21 on 03 July 2013
I wonder if there are others like me who cannot understand such immense salaries. Anything over 50,000 is unimaginable for most people. I am a highly qualified University Lecturer and when working ...now retired and still working voluntarily..I did not receive anything like these amounts. When working in a township in South African I was with people who had NO Money at all for food! These comparisions, plus my new knowledge of the poorest in Salford, leaves me feeling angry and ashamed of those who think they deserve such salaries. They are obscene to me. What do they do with all that money? No wonder the ordinary person in the Salford streets spits out abuse when the Council is mentioned. I have a suggestion NOBODY SHOULD VOTE AT ALL for these greedy folk who use our Council Tax to add to their already feathered nests. How dare they call themselves LABOUR! It is an insult to the word. Anyway I have decided to move away from Salford because I can't stand it any longer. Unfortunately I don't have the tenacity of the Salford Star.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 14:35:50 on 03 July 2013
@brain. I do not support Labour or Ian Stewart. In fact my stand against Labour candidates has added 2 extra years onto a Labour Party expulsion sentence imposed by their National Executive Committee. This gives good reason to condemn their own Leader's one nation pledge, doomed by them expelling voices that rock their boat. However, my stand at Salford Mayor election time gave me insight into work of Salford Council. I am totally satisfied that there are no reasons to call a SalfordGate investigation. Also I find the same goes for our MPs that were challenged on expenses. Our elected Councillors and MPs acted in accordance with the law and we must admire them and thank them sincerely for their true loyalty.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 20:39:41 on 02 July 2013
Michael, thought you supported labour and Ian Stewart, didn't take you long to abandon Salford did it, oh well, I suppose salfordgate will have to be put in the bin now your going, Ian Stewart and labour can breath a huge sigh of relief.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:48:04 on 02 July 2013
Labour voters must be very proud when they read these pay packet deals agreed by their elected Councillors. And there is absolutely nothing local people can do about it. When Salford Labour Council begin evicting local people for not paying their bedroom tax we will see why the rich v poor divide is a bad thing for all those in Salford that put their trust in our elected leaders. I am glad to be moving to the Midlands away from this lost city that was once proud to be Labour.
 
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