THEY SAY AND WE REALLY PAY
ACCORDING to the 2014 expenditure report published on its website we, Stockport’s taxpayers, pay our ten most senior council officers a total of £1,313,000 per annum.
This equates to an average annual remuneration package of £131,000 each at a time when, according to the Office of National Statistics, the UK average salary is around £27,000.
It seems the idea of public service as a vocation is a myth – it is clearly a smart career move for those with the ambition to earn around five times the national average wage.
Without intending to impugn the integrity or abilities of our ten best-paid council employees, it defies common sense that we couldn’t fill these posts with public-spirited individuals, suitably qualified, who could do the job at a fraction, let’s say half, of what we currently pay.
Before the hackneyed arguments along the lines of ‘if you want the best, you have to pay the best’ are trotted out, does anyone really imagine that in a town with a population of 280,000 people we really can’t find ten who could competently fill these positions at a salary of, say, £65,000 per annum?
We already have a significant volunteer sector – 450 of whom work at Stepping Hill Hospital – with no other motive than the public good, which is surely the first quality required in a senior council officer.
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Our correspondent is questioning top town hall pay. See ‘They say and we really pay’ reason and it’s clearly time for radical reform.
As a starting point it would be refreshing to see our council run on non-political lines by those whose only allegiance is to the people of Stockport and whose primary duty is to gather its tax revenue and spend it as efficiently as possible.
Paying salaries such as those described is only one example of where they fail in that duty.
Perhaps it’s time the people of Stockport joined together and formed a local government reform movement simply dedicated to gathering and dispersing our taxes in a sane and sensible manner? as disappointing news for those concerned or users of the services, however the decision was not down to the council funding alone.
If the reader wanted to check on Companies House, they would see that the charity could fund the offices in Stockport and indeed the whole country.
As one user witnessed, their head of operations say: “They did not actually receive a lot of funding from the council anyway, moreover the funding the council gave the association was only a small portion.”
Granted, the news that they have closed their services in Stockport is bad news for some people, but for others, like our group trying to get charity status, it is good news because we can plug some of the gap left by the association.
I have heard and seen a lot of bad press about the council’s decision and I for one have to disagree.
I personally just think that a lot of people are mislead.
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What a pity the people of Stockport don’t ban Peel shopping centre, but then it’s nothing to do with them is it.
A one man ban would have no effect on the parking, although one must try.