Taxpayers' group shows Wirral Council officers in the 'Town Hall Rich List'

Taxpayers' group shows Wirral Council officers in the

Taxpayers' group shows Wirral Council officers in the "Town Hall Rich List"

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SEVERAL of Wirral Council’s chief officers have made it into the latest TaxPayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List.

The list published this week claims the number of executives on the local authority’s payroll pulling salaries above £100,000 increased from nine to 11 in the year 2012 to 2013 - although this number has been dismissed as incorrect by the council.

The alliance says executive pay in many town halls across the UK “continues to be insulated from economic reality, despite the urgent need to find savings and the fact that many councils claim that they have insufficient cash to fund frontline services, and enforce pay freezes on their rank and file staff.”

Jonathan Isaby, alliance chief executive, said: “It is good news that the number of senior council staff making more than £100,000 a year is falling, although that may only be because many authorities have finished paying eye-watering redundancy bills.

“Sadly, too many local authorities are still increasing the number of highly-paid staff on their payroll. It’s particularly galling in places where councils are pleading poverty and demanding more and more in council tax.

“Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.

“Many rank-and-file staff in local councils will be equally appalled.

“At a time when councils across the country are freezing pay, it appears the money they’re saving is being used to line the pockets of town hall tycoons.”

Graham Burgess, chief executive of Wirral Council, said: ‘Once again, the figures supplied by the Taxpayers Alliance are unreliable.

“We have seven posts above that figure which, given the scale of the council’s budget and workforce, is by no means excessive; last year, a senior management restructure resulted in savings to the authority of £799,811."

Key findings of the research are: There were at least 2,181 council employees in the UK who received total pay of more than £100,000 in 2012-13, down five per cent on the previous year’s 2,295. These six-figure packages cost nearly £300m in 2012-13.

Knowsley Council more than doubled the number of staff who received more than £100,000, the biggest increase of any authority.

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11:03am Wed 6 Aug 14

piermaster says...

No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!!
No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!! piermaster
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12:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Natasha Eubank says...

piermaster wrote:
No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!!
I'd like some clarity on this remark. Care to elaborate?
[quote][p][bold]piermaster[/bold] wrote: No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!![/p][/quote]I'd like some clarity on this remark. Care to elaborate? Natasha Eubank
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4:32pm Wed 6 Aug 14

bigfoot says...

Natasha Eubank wrote:
piermaster wrote:
No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!!
I'd like some clarity on this remark. Care to elaborate?
Me as well dear boy! Unless you are happy to have your council tax wasted on excessive salaries.
Also do these payment include any bonuses paid?
[quote][p][bold]Natasha Eubank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piermaster[/bold] wrote: No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!![/p][/quote]I'd like some clarity on this remark. Care to elaborate?[/p][/quote]Me as well dear boy! Unless you are happy to have your council tax wasted on excessive salaries. Also do these payment include any bonuses paid? bigfoot
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7:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PaulCa says...

Considering, by the CEO's own admission they made mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake.............
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http://goo.gl/IIktJR


(7 times in 29 seconds)...

Shouldn't an axe be taken to their obscene salaries on the strength of it???
Considering, by the CEO's own admission they made mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake............. . http://goo.gl/IIktJR (7 times in 29 seconds)... Shouldn't an axe be taken to their obscene salaries on the strength of it??? PaulCa
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8:42pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Joeblogg85 says...

piermaster wrote:
No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!!
If you look at the Senior Management structure at Wirral there seems to be lots of duplication and variances in salaries. Also the Prime Ministers salary is only £142k for running the whole country. I can think of at least one person knocking on the CEOs door tomorrow asking why she is not earning much more than the Head of Engagement given their respective roles and responsibilities.
[quote][p][bold]piermaster[/bold] wrote: No doubt the vultures will circle and inundate the comments page with the "expert" view we have all come to expect!![/p][/quote]If you look at the Senior Management structure at Wirral there seems to be lots of duplication and variances in salaries. Also the Prime Ministers salary is only £142k for running the whole country. I can think of at least one person knocking on the CEOs door tomorrow asking why she is not earning much more than the Head of Engagement given their respective roles and responsibilities. Joeblogg85
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9:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

hobroW says...

Piermaster one does not have to be an expert to comment upon this.

The comparison is Executives in local business and their pay; their risk if matters go wrong and the hours they work and what they do. Mr Burgess and his acolytes do not have to sell to anyone and spend much of their time commissioning outside experts to write reports so that they can be exculpated if things go awry,

It looks to the outsider like a troop of monkeys who groom each other resulting in inordinate salaries and perks. I wish we could sweep away the whole thing which aggravates as it is a travesty of natural justice.

I have been in meetings at the Town Hall and with directors- it is no way inspiring rather the opposite.

Who are these people?
Piermaster one does not have to be an expert to comment upon this. The comparison is Executives in local business and their pay; their risk if matters go wrong and the hours they work and what they do. Mr Burgess and his acolytes do not have to sell to anyone and spend much of their time commissioning outside experts to write reports so that they can be exculpated if things go awry, It looks to the outsider like a troop of monkeys who groom each other resulting in inordinate salaries and perks. I wish we could sweep away the whole thing which aggravates as it is a travesty of natural justice. I have been in meetings at the Town Hall and with directors- it is no way inspiring rather the opposite. Who are these people? hobroW
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