Monday, 2 November 2009

Chief Exectives' Pay - End the Veil of Secrecy

UNISON (East Midlands) has called for the pay and benefits of Council Chief Executives to be published annually on council websites. This call follows our Freedom of Information requests sent to all 45 local authorities in the East Midlands. Only 25 councils were prepared to disclose actual pay; the others only gave salary ranges but no information on bonuses, expenses or other rewards.

We know Chief Executives provide crucial leadership to councils charged with delivering essential services to communities. Yet, whilst there is always transparency on the pay levels of care staff and social workers, there seems to be a cloak of secrecy when it comes to the highest paid. That isn’t fair, and council chiefs should be prepared to be open about their pay.

We’ve seen the MPs’ expenses scandal and the outrageous bonuses of greedy bankers who caused this financial crisis; it’s simply time for councils to be totally open about the money spent on their senior staff. If 25 councils are happy to provide the information to UNISON all councils should follow this good practice.

If you want to see the pay rates that were provided to UNISON click here. When you look at these rates of pay bear in mind that across England and Wales, 54 per cent of council staff earn less than £16,950 per annum.

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