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SALFORD COUNCIL NEW £150,000 FAT CAT MANAGER DESPITE CUTS
 

Star date: 8th January 2014 

AFTER £24.5MILLION CUTS SALFORD LOOKS FOR NEW FAT CAT

After Salford Council ditched former Chief Executive Barbara Spicer and her exorbitant £175,000 salary (plus add ons), Mayor Ian Stewart is set to appoint a new `Head of Paid Service' on a wage range of between £144,702 to £150,489 (plus add ons).

This, despite announcing £24.5million cuts yesterday aimed at the most vulnerable people in the city – and despite originally hinting that a new Council manager would cost around £70,000.

Full details here…


As predicted by Mystic Mary Burns (see here), Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart is looking to appoint a new Head of Paid Service with a salary between £144,702 to £150,489 (plus add ons).

When Barbara Spicer and her £175,000 salary was ditched late last year the Council indicated that a new Manager would be put in place at a cost of around £70,000 (see here). Now the cost has more than doubled.

A report going to the full Council meeting next week states that, in recruiting the new Head of Paid Service (Chief Exec by any other name), "Clearly it will be crucial to attract a strong field of candidates to such an important role and a salary benchmarking exercise has indicated that the salary should be offered within the range of £144,702 to £150,489."

And behind the decision was an "independent review" by consultants Penna (how much did that cost?), and, as a result, "the City Mayor has concluded that there is a requirement for a senior officer to lead the officer structure, and now wishes to proceed with recruitment and selection to that post".

The review, the report adds, "included a detailed diagnostic assessment of current arrangements to measure the effectiveness and fit of current responsibilities in the Corporate Management Team and how adaptive they are to the elected mayor model.

"Discussions took place with key stakeholders including the City Mayor and Deputy City Mayor, the Strategic Assistant Mayors, Leader of the Opposition, the former Chief Executive, senior officers and key council partners" the report explains "Continuing to share responsibilities amongst the existing Strategic Directors will stretch the span of responsibilities significantly, considering that the team has reduced from five to three within the last 12 months."

The decision to appoint the new Fat Cat is a slap in the face for everyone affected by the £24.5million cuts announced yesterday – the old, the young, the ill, the disabled and those living in poverty. And the three hundred Council staff set to lose their jobs.

* A protest against Salford Mayor Ian Stewart's appointment of the Fat Cat Head of Paid Service has been called for Wednesday 15th January between 8am and 9:15am outside the Civic Centre on Chorley Road Swinton, before the Full Council meeting that is to discuss the proposal.

"If the Mayor and the councillors are serious about fairness, they will withdraw this proposal" says protest organiser Steve North "In the meantime, please email Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart at citymayor@salford.gov.uk to ask him to withdraw these plans and if you live in the city please contact your local councillors to ask them to oppose it."

Further details on Facebook event page - click here

                       
Musing wrote
at 16:01:09 on 12 January 2014
Someone give Michael Felse a job in the council or elect him as a councillor. He sounds like he has the relevant IQ, above deputy mayor but below vegetable.
 
Kenneth Mckelvey wrote
at 16:00:22 on 12 January 2014
Mike selling the house and half Buile hill Park Will not in my humble opinion bring business to Salford/It was a similar ploy used by Thatcher remember the offices and Warehouses that were built under her reign no council tax or rent for three years /A bit of it worked but by and large a lot of it was money wasted As soon as these business's three years was up they were gone.A lot went to other City's who had continued with the same ploy it finished up like a Circus I know because I had a lot of the brickwork building them
 
KennethMckelvey wrote
at 18:52:34 on 11 January 2014
If the Hilton group get the same offer that Wilkinson got offered the house and half the park /Hilton will snap at it/ Half the park was offered with it/ What happened to the promise that the park would be put back to its former glory. So Salfordians could enjoy it once more I pass through the park daily it appears it's run for the Benifit of the council/It's now like the Councils own Car Park
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 18:52:23 on 11 January 2014
Tony, thanks for the Hilton heads up. They would be a great addition to the future of Salford attracting in many new business people. Our Council seems very busy behind the scenes getting great ideas in place. Must agree with Musing, let Salford write off all debts to let Salford Council's new Manager start with a clean slate. But let the write off include all local people that owe Poll Tax and not just those big guys.
 
Ex Labour Voter wrote
at 18:51:47 on 11 January 2014
Stewart should get this - WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER VACUOUS FAT - CAT PARASITE . WE HAVE ENOUGH COUNCIL PARASITES ALREADY. TIME FOR A CULL.
 
David cameron wrote
at 18:51:34 on 11 January 2014
Is there nothing in salford these labour spives won't sell, let's try to sell that white elephant salford reds stadium first, before we start trying to sell the family silver.
 
Tony Blair say's wrote
at 04:17:20 on 11 January 2014
Just heard that the hilton group are putting in a bid for the manor house in buile hill park, developers have been in to look at bulldozing the buildings next to it, would't surprise me if we the council tax payer end up paying for the building of this hotel, may as well, payed for the rugby stadium and philharmonic, may as well get screwed for a hotel as well, in the middle of these cuts were facing.
 
Musing wrote
at 11:37:20 on 10 January 2014
Hmmm---While I'm sure that this will be sold as money saving because the pay is less than we were paying BOUNTIFUL BABS, I reckon if you factor in her pay off, it will still work out as costing us over £200,000 a year over 5 years. I wonder if the new Cheat Exec will be peddling magic beans,snake oil or a new suit for the Emperor? Borrowing Mary Burn's crystal ball, I see more loans (or writing off existing ones) for Salford Reds,Peel holdings and Godliman Watson.
 
Ged Mason wrote
at 11:37:06 on 10 January 2014
Just obscene . One greedy parasite got rid off - we don't need a replacement. How about a cull of the council-parasites , starting with Mayor Greedy Bastard and his Assistant-Toadies ?
 
David cameron wrote
at 11:36:54 on 10 January 2014
Wondered were Michael felse has been, must have been sucking up the contents of his toilet, because he's talking shit again.
 
David Thornley wrote
at 16:33:20 on 09 January 2014
Obscene,there is no other word for this.whilst the vast majority of the cuts are being aimed at the most vulnerable the council throws this in the face of the electorate. Then on top of that we have the laughable Mr Stewart saying that the council has to set a legal budget or the government will send commissioners here to wreak havoc. Erm,kettle pot and black comes to mind.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 16:32:59 on 09 January 2014
Penna management consultants who are recruiting for this 'job' are of course paid a healthy % of the salary advertised. They probably wouldn't touch a job on £60 000, not enough in it for them. Stewart has u-turned once, after promising a £60 000 salary, let's make him U-turn again. See facebook event page below and see you Wednesday! facebook: Protest Against Salford Council Plans to hire Head of Paid Services on £144k-£150k a year
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 16:32:27 on 09 January 2014
I welcome the new position and I agree it must sit at the high pay scale level owing to the need to attract the best candidate. My ideal candidate would be Hazel Blears who would add massive experience from National and Local Government and has the Professional Skills and knowledge to be the best person for all. I would be most willing to write a reference to this effect.
 
Salford onion wrote
at 08:13:45 on 09 January 2014
Everyone who works for the council knows that it is a foregone conclusion that the rather toady Nick Page Director of children's Services will get this post. After all as the spawn of Scary Spicer from the Knowsley stable of crap council officers Stewart and biffo the bear Lancaster will continue to be gullible and impressed by merseyside crap and will appoint him. An outside runner is Sue Lightout wife of Roger the former mayor (who ran the failed anti mayoral campaign) but if she runs the council like adult services then god help us all. Another outside runner is Matt Finnegan who continues to pump media crap to the Manchester Evening News his former employer and mates, just look at today's article which quotes from a report by management consultants Penna which not one single councillor has seen. Still Salford Councilors are mainly interested in expenses and totem poles! Pity none of them has the balls to shove the totem up Lancaster arse!
 
White wrote
at 19:48:20 on 08 January 2014
There are lies, damn lies, and what Ian Stewart says.
 
alan tunnacliffe wrote
at 18:14:33 on 08 January 2014
he needs this head of paid service because he is shit at his job end of argument
 
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