‘Cul­ture of ex­cess must change - and will change’

WARN­ING TO TOP-EARN­ING COUN­CIL AND HEALTH CHIEFS:

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tion was £238,165.

But un­der Gor­don Brown’s scheme, five other se­nior county coun­cil of­fi­cials could also need their salaries ap­proved. Their iden­ti­ties are not known but two earned be­tween £170,00 and £179,000 in 2008-2009 and one earned be­tween £190,000 and £199,999.

Perks

The crack­down would also cap­ture a num­ber of the county’s health bosses and quango chiefs.

Set­ting out his plans, Mr Brown said: “Pub­lic ser­vice is ad­mirable, im­por­tant and it de­serves fair re­ward and we must never for­get that our pri­or­ity is ex­cel­lence at the front line. But in the wider pub­lic sec­tor, some se­nior pay and perks pack­ages have lost sight with this goal and lost touch with the re­al­ity of peo­ple’s lives.”

He added: “Money which should be spent on health, schools, polic­ing and so­cial ser­vices is in some cases go­ing on ex­ces­sive salaries and un­jus­ti­fied bonuses far be­yond the ex­pec­ta­tions of the ma­jor­ity of work­ers. This cul­ture of ex­cess must change and will change.”

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey the Tax­pay­ers Al­liance, Glenn Dou­glas, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Maid­stone and Tun­bridge Wells trust, earned £197,500 last year.

An­other likely to be af­fected is Pam Alexan­der, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of SEEDA, who ac­cord­ing to the Tax­pay­ers’ Al­liance earned £218,453 last year, in­clud­ing a bonus of £25,219.

Gor­don Brown’s pledge echoes a sim­i­lar Con­ser­va­tive prom­ise that any pub­lic sec­tor salary more than the £191,000 paid to the Prime Min­is­ter would have to be signed off by the Trea­sury.

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