‘Culture of excess must change - and will change’
WARNING TO TOP-EARNING COUNCIL AND HEALTH CHIEFS:
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.
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.