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SALFORD COUNCIL FAT CATS
 

Star date: 30th June 2010 

INCREASE IN BIG EARNERS AT SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

While everyone is being threatened with public sector cuts, draft accounts for Salford City Council show an increase in the number of staff earning above £50,000 a year during 2009-2010.

A total of 253 Council staff earned over £50,000, compared to 242 staff in 2008-9. Figures also show 19 people at the Council earned over £85,000 compared to 13 people last year, while top earner is Chief Executive Barbara Spicer, who pulled in £201,329 including pension contributions.

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AUSTERITY IN SALFORD?

For the first time, Salford City Council has had to disclose full details of its high earners. In the past the Council has merely given numbers of employees earning within bands of `remuneration' but due to new regulations we now know who earns what at the highest pay levels.

Top earner is Chief Executive, Barbara Spicer, who pulled in £201,329 including pension contributions. Her employer pension contributions of £25,214 alone is more than most people in Salford earn in a year.

Next highest earner was Alan Westwood, Strategic Director of Customer and Support Services, with a whopping £133,593 including pension contributions. One of his responsibilities is, er, `fiscal management' and it's to him that you address your council tax payments.

Next up is the Strategic Director of Community, Health and Social Care, otherwise known as Sue Lightup, wife of the current Mayor of Salford. She earned £133,803 including pension contributions. It was Sue who admitted subjective judgements in advising the community against the Salford Star's funding application for £3,500. Got any spare change for the Star, Sue?

Meanwhile, Barbara Spicer's Assistant Chief Exec, Kevin Brady, earned £125,592 including pension contributions. In the previous year the role was only worth £114,227 including pension contributions. That's a pay hike of over £10,000. Hope he's not responsible for selling the pay freeze to public sector workers…

Those having their houses pulled down, or living in the hell of a demolition zone, will be thrilled to learn that the Strategic Director of Regeneration, Paul Walker, pulled in £131,412 including pension contributions and a £5,855 `expense allowance'.

The mysterious `Director of Change' was next in the fat cat earnings league with £96,919 including pension contributions. This is incredible because, firstly, we don't know who he or she is, and secondly, there is no `Change' directorate. Try searching for `Director of Change' on the Council's website or even Google and you get nowt. So what does this person change, apart from his or her own bank balance? Answers/guesses in our comments box please…

The enigmatic Director of Change earned more than the City Treasurer, John Spink, who earned a mere £95,204 including pension contributions.

Fourth in the high earners league table should have been Jill Baker, the Strategic Director of Children's Services, with a salary of £115,761 but unfortunately the accounts show that she only earned £94,573 as she, er, left the Council under a cloud in December 2009. Well, if you pay mega peanuts you get…

The draft accounts also show that the former City Solicitor, Anthony Rich, earned £89,269 including pension contributions and £6,216 `compensation for loss of office'. He didn't do as well as the former Managing Director of Urban Vision, the Council's joint venture company, whose `annualised salary' was £82,317 but left in October 2009 taking with him £131,172, including pension contributions and a £51,716 payment as `compensation for loss of office'.

Altogether, 19 Council employees earned over £85,000 in the year 2009-10, compared to 13 the year before. And those earning above £50,000 jumped from 242 in 2008-9 to 253 in 2009-10.

Meanwhile, the highest earning councillor in the year 2009-10 was John Merry, who pocketed £38,277 including a claim for £12 `travel and subsistence'.

Next highest earner with £26,735 was Councillor Roget Lightup, husband of third highest Council employee earner, Sue Lightup. Must have been some Christmas down at the Lightups…

In third place comes Councillor David Lancaster, who took £25,816, including £1,099 the highest claim for `travel and subsistence'.

Next up come seven councillors who pocketed £166,322 between them (an average of £23,760 each) – take a bow councillors Derek Antrobus, Peter Connor, Bill Hinds, Keith Mann, Joseph Murphy, John Warmisham and Barry Warner.

Altogether, councillors and `co-opted members' claimed £911,000 in allowances during 2009-10 (click here to see them).

Stop Press: 1:30pm

One of our readers has just informed us that Martin Vickers is the amazing Director of Change - anyone know what he `changes' for £96,919 a year?

 

Photo of Barbara Spicer by Albert Spiby

The Truth Hurts wrote
at 15:05:59 on 23 February 2011
Not one of these council cretins should earn more than 25K.Not one of them is worth this paltry sum , but I'd hate them to have to live on real workers wages .Council cretins are unemployable in the real world , this is why private sector employers won't employ them .Useless,idle scum who have never done a decent days work - ever.
 
J Pearson wrote
at 18:29:14 on 15 February 2011
I am appalled at the salaries paid to them. Why do we need so many councillors. Cut the number and save on salaries and expenses. With the cuts announced today effecting front line services we should be cutting salaries of all the executive staff plus councillors,cancel all consultants contracts, also cancel contracts on mobile phones which are issued to staff. There are many ways to save money without causing unnecessary problems to front line services. p.s Just read in Manchester Evening News street cleaning will be cut to once every five weeks.....we very rarely see one in our neighbourhood, so it won't make any difference to us.
 
Wilbur wrote
at 11:55:31 on 15 February 2011
We should storm the town hall, drag these self-serving parasitic scum outside , string them up from lamposts ,and leave them to rot .
 
Insider wrote
at 14:40:40 on 10 July 2010
Martin Vickers is basically in charge of cuts or 'rationalisation'. He has a masterplan to absorb as much of the Council as possible into the call centre aka 'Salford Direct', which is an Orwellian term for the Council being 'indirect', less efficient, and having less face-to-face contact with the people of Salford.
 
Steve wrote
at 16:04:50 on 07 July 2010
I'm looking forward to the article in the Star on excessively high salaries in the private sector in Salford.
 
mark armstrong wrote
at 10:24:54 on 07 July 2010
Year after year the population of salford vote labour into power, and then year after year they make these ridiculous pay awards and allowances. In the next election I will paint a sheep red and see if you all vote for it. They were given a landslide victory and immediately after you all complain about there antics. Amazing! Mark
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 05:42:54 on 03 July 2010
EM3... Salford University (or should that be the Greater Manchester University ???) has been a privately funded business (like all of its ilk) since the Vice Chancellors decided to force the then Labour government into allowing them charging what they liked in annual fees. Upon this happening the gates opened, albeit leading to academics lamenting 'elitism' and asking for more cash. The Flood gates have only just been breached. As for the council and its officers, I think it's watched 'wall street' too many times (keep on telling yourself officers - Greed is Good). Asking for a pay rise based on performance when all you do is cut or close smells exceedingly fishy to me...That said I have seen this for most of my adult life. If Councillors want to look at their next round of cuts - I suggest reading the list of names in the stars article..unless like a previous case they're gold plate insured. Value for Money ? - Er No.
 
EM 3 wrote
at 09:22:32 on 02 July 2010
and it's not just the council - look at Salford Uni. The vice chancellor still has has chauffeur driven car, his posh uni house and the health Dean is paid more than the prime minister!! Our kids can't afford the fees!!!
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 22:30:03 on 01 July 2010
I have just read about the ludicous salaries some of 'our' employees are receiving. I am amazed and horrified. My last local authority job was as a well qualified principal lecturer at a college and I received £22,000. Since then I have trained teachers in the South Pacific and worked with children orphaned by AIDs in Africa. This I did for a pittance and yet I know it was valuable work that really did change peoples'lives. What do some of these people do that deserves salaries of nearly £100,000? I believe in the Public Services and don't think that talks of cuts are justified. However, I do think these Public Servants receiving such obscene salaries should take a cut. These salaries are an insult to the people they represent.
 
Like to know wrote
at 14:30:24 on 01 July 2010
I,d like to know how many homes there are in Salford and if you got rid of all those Fat Cats mentioned in the article, how much we could knock off each households council tax bill. Anyone for saving a tenner?
 
graham wrote
at 05:31:23 on 01 July 2010
The End Is Neigh.......
 
Reg Howard wrote
at 05:31:15 on 01 July 2010
It has been said that"for bad politicians to be elacted, it only takes good people not to vote" we only get what we deserve if we do not use our votes,at the next council elections, look for a viable alternative and get rid of the ones you don't want, IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE
 
alan dutton wrote
at 15:14:24 on 30 June 2010
Its a bit like the old lady I used to know who absolutley hated coronation street .I think she only watch it about 25years. I suggested she turned the telly off but she never did. Don't complain about people robbing you blind then elect them in. Niether the labour or conservative party represents the lower classes or fodder as we are known in this country. Name every councillor milking the system or ignoring those who elect them in and make it a religion to make sure they never hold an office again. Of course you can watch then when they resign pick up a knighthood when they get found out.
 
andrew behan wrote
at 13:30:27 on 30 June 2010
Join us on 1st July at Pendleton bowling club.TUSC SALFORD. Don't fear the cuts FIGHT THEM. What a disgrace. No wonder Mrs Spicer made a swift exit in her brand new BMW last week at our protest against the cuts.outside the Civic. And what about the councillors no matter what colour red blue or yellow they have been getting away with it for years. The people of Ordsall have not seen a labour councillor for months.
 
FAIR? wrote
at 10:28:52 on 30 June 2010
Nice to know that Paul Walker is earning 3 times as much in a year as a lot of people received in compensation when their homes were taken off them as part of "SUSTAINABLE REGENERATION".
 
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