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SALFORD MAYOR TO SCRAP TOP COUNCIL MANAGEMENT
 

Star date: 22nd October 2013

£10,000 CONSULTANTS TELL MAYOR TO LOSE CHIEF EXEC POST

Depending on who you believe, Salford Council Chief Executive Barbara Spicer and Strategic Director, Martin Vickers, either quit or got disposed of by City Mayor Ian Stewart. Now, after a £10,000 consultants report, Stewart has decided not to replace them, and to instead appoint a £70,000 (!) Council Manager.

Full details here…


Following a £10,000 consultants report, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart has decided not to replace Council Chief Exec Barbara Spicer and Strategic Director, Martin Vickers, who were either forced out or quit, depending on which rumour you believe.

Instead he's going to replace them with a rather expensive £70,000 Council Manager who will be responsible for `a limited number of the Council's statutory functions'.

"With cuts of an unprecedented scale looming, it is important that the City Council's top priority is providing quality services to the people of Salford" Stewart told his own website this afternoon "Getting rid of the Chief Executive post and appointing a Council Manager will save Salford's taxpayers more than £1million."

Barbara Spicer pulled in £208,000 including add-ons last year, while Martin Vickers trousered £134,000 including add-ons – plus the costs of their substantial pay-offs, yet to be fully disclosed. Stewart mentioned nothing about cutting his own £69,000 allowances and those of his 13 Assistant Mayors.

The savings on management, he added "will be ploughed into protecting our front-line services."

Salford Council has already earmarked £5.34million of cuts up to 2014-15 in frontline services affecting vulnerable adults for Telecare, short breaks, transport, welfare rights and nursing placements – and there's nothing on the Council's website stating that these will be reversed. Many Salford Council services are also being hived off and privatised, leaving little for senior managers to manage any more. 

Steve North, Branch Secretary of Salford City UNISON, broadly supported the top management cull…

"It is welcome that the City Mayor has decided not to fill the roles of Chief Executive and Strategic Director for Customer and Support Services" he told the Salford Star "£70,000 for the proposed Council Manager is still a wage that most of our members could only dream of, but this definitely indicates a step in the right direction.

"What UNISON would like to see is the Mayor build on this commitment to making sure Council resources are spent on the right things by involving unions, service users and the public in drawing up of a budget that genuinely protects the services that we all need, and that challenges this Government and any future Labour Government to support Salford" he added "There is much more to do, but this could be a significant turning point."

While many Salford people will welcome the top management cull, it does concentrate even more power in the hands of Ian Stewart, with a worrying lack of transparency and openness at the core of the Council (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

For further details on Barbara Spicer's Council exit and Martin Vickers Council exit - click here and click here

Not a Parasite wrote
at 14:48:24 on 25 October 2013
Scary was unnecessary as soon as Mayor Greedy was unfortunately voted in . Spicer should have been dumped then . But what the hell. These goons toss away and squander tax payers money wit impunity. The antics of the Clown Hall Cretins need urgent independent investigation .
 
Heat or not to eat wrote
at 06:06:22 on 25 October 2013
Something not right here ! how can you manage staff ie assistant directors who are on 100,000 plus ? some have just had a pay rise for extra responsibilities !!
 
Salford onion wrote
at 07:14:26 on 24 October 2013
Stewart wasted 10k of ratepayers money. It's obvious to any fool that once scary spicer has gone she did not need to be replaced. Any chief executive who can afford to spend 4 weeks at her villa in Turkey this summer whilst mangled (Rome) burns is not worthy of our money. Now get rid of the 3 expense grabbing councillors per ward most of whom are pensioners just topping up ther state benefits,
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 07:13:57 on 24 October 2013
Why didn't the post go when he came into office two years ago.that would have saved a few pounds. This council has been top heavy for years and years,at a great cost to the city.
 
joe bloggs wrote
at 20:56:07 on 23 October 2013
Mr stewart says 'The savings on management, he added "will be ploughed into protecting our front-line services."' does that mean he will NOT close builehill garden centre where people like me with mental health difficulites go to get some support and a NORMAL life! When we start jumping off bridjes because we are just trapped in our flats allday will he feel sorry! don't think so do you!
 
True Labour, Where are you??????????????? wrote
at 20:55:01 on 23 October 2013
Hang on here people, why does the mayor have a crown on his head and not a peinus ? Second question is why no cuts to the "assistant mayors"???????????? Can't wait till the next election when his cronies knock on my door telling me what he has done for us all!!!! LOL
 
Ripped Off Taxpayer wrote
at 11:39:47 on 23 October 2013
More proof of how the inept goons at Salford council have pissed taxpayers hard earned money away on grossly inflated ' executives ' salaries. Those involve must be charged with extortion , and forced to return the vast amounts of OUR money they have expropriated .
 
can of worms wrote
at 11:39:35 on 23 October 2013
More dodgy dealings at the taxpayers expense . The activities of Salford Council need urgently investigating by independent government auditors .
 
Edward Chan wrote
at 03:32:24 on 23 October 2013
So why have we been wasting taxpayers money on these two Wasters for years then ? Gross incompetence and gross inefficiency . Salford Clowncil have a lot to answer for by squandering taxpayers money . 2997 days till we get rid of Mayor Greedy , and not a day too soon .
 
Dunce Watcher wrote
at 03:30:14 on 23 October 2013
Mayor Rent a - Gob's crown needs a large D on it .
 
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