£14k pay rise equated to 6.7% for coun­cil chief

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THE out­go­ing CEO of Sur­rey County Coun­cil re­ceived a more than £14,000 pay rise last year – de­spite nearly 1,000 peo­ple call­ing for his role to be scrapped, new fig­ures have re­vealed.

The de­tails is­sued by the county coun­cil show chief ex­ec­u­tive David McNulty, who will re­tire at the end of the month, was paid a salary of £230,719 for the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year – a £14,477 rise on 2015/16. He also claimed £4,289 in ex­penses – up from £4,053 the pre­vi­ous year.

The draft state­ment also shows the county coun­cil’s core lead­er­ship team of eight se­nior of­fi­cers col­lec­tively took home £1.3m in salaries and al­lowances dur­ing 2016/17. This is down more than £200,000 on 2015/16, al­beit af­ter three such roles were scrapped.

The as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive and strate­gic di­rec­tor of adult so­cial care po­si­tions were axed in 2015 af­ter both em­ploy­ees left their posts. The role of strate­gic di­rec­tor of chil­dren, schools and fam­i­lies was taken on by deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Fisher.

Mr McNulty’s raise came amid calls from more than 900 peo­ple in Sur­rey for the county coun­cil to stop pay­ing any mem­bers of staff more than £50,000 a year.

A pe­ti­tion launched by Leather­head res­i­dent Gerald Har­vard has re­ceived 960 sig­na­tures – enough for it to be con­sid­ered by the author­ity.

Mr Har­vard will get to speak for three min­utes to put across the case for the pe­ti­tion, and a re­sponse from the coun­cil will be given.

Staff at Sur­rey Search and Res­cue have been dev­as­tated by the news about Wyn­ter’s short life ex­pectancy if no surgery is forth­com­ing, and are do­ing all they can to help save the dog

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