Salford City Council's draft accounts for 2016/17 have been released and show huge pay rises for senior officers.
The biggest hike was for the Strategic Director of Children's and Adult's Services who got a rise of over £12,000; from £127,316 (including pension) in 2015/16 to £139,853 (including pension and £750 electoral duties) in 2016/17.
The Director of Public Health also got a bumper pay rise of almost £10,000; from £107,504 (including pension and £230 electoral duties) in 2015/16, to £117,324 in 2016/17 (including pension and £405 electoral duties).
The Director of Service Reform and Development, presumably the person who does all the staff cuts, saw a pay rise of over £8,000; from £114,114 (including pension and £230 electoral duties) in 2015/16 to £122,455 (including pension and £230 electoral duties) in 2016/17.
The Strategic Director for Environment and Community Safety got a more modest rise of almost £3,000; from £138,478 (including pension and £375 electoral duties) in 2015/16, to £141,106 (including pension and £750 electoral duties) in 2016/17.
And the Director of Finance and Corporate Business got a £2,000 rise; from £120,809 (including pension and £230 electoral duties) in 2015/6, to £122,802 (including pension and £175 electoral duties) in 2016/17. The hikes are offset by the loss of a Development Director.
Jim Taylor, the City Director, was the highest paid employee at the Council, trousering £187,503, including pension and £7,677 electoral duties, in the financial year 2016/17.
Apart from the City Mayor's role, which paid £69,000 in 2016/17, the highest paid councillors were Paula Boshell and John Merry, with £31,455 apiece. Next highest allowances were paid to Lisa Stone who took £27,366 (including £202 travel and subsistence, and £3,092 carer's allowance) and Derek Antrobus, who pocketed £24,464 (including £391.95 for travel and subsistence).
Only 22, of around sixty councillors, got the basic allowance of £10,509, with the rest charging up their incomes with all kinds of special payments for being Executive Lead Members, Support Members, Chairs of Scrutiny Committees and Panels, Opposition Leaders, or sitting on outside bodies like the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester.
During the financial year, seventy school and non-school staff took voluntary redundancy at a cost of £1,057,000.
To read Salford City Council's Draft Accounts for 2016/17 – click here
*There is also a 'window' for anyone to ask questions or see receipts related to the accounts. It's called the Public Right To Inspect and runs until 14th July – click here for details