Al­most £1 mil­lion in salaries and pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions for the seven lead­ing of­fi­cers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

COUN­CIL leader Marco Cer­este has de­fended the salaries paid to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s top seven of­fi­cers as new fig­ures re­leased to­day re­vealed they re­ceived nearly £1 mil­lion in wages and pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions be­tween them last year.

PETER­BOR­OUGH City Coun­cil’s state­ment of ac­counts for 2009/10 show the top earn­ers are:

Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Gillian Beasley: £172,175 to­tal re­mu­ner­a­tion (plus £19,875 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). Has over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity for the coun­cil’s 7,716 staff and £420 mil­lion bud­get.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of strate­gic re­sources, John Har­ri­son: £121,779 (plus £19,875 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). Re­spon­si­ble for the coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs, waste strat­egy, coun­cil tax, ben­e­fits and £360 mil­lion of coun­cil build­ings and as­sets.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions, Paul Philip­son: £91,877 (plus £15,017 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). Re­spon­si­ble for front­line ser­vices with a £50 mil­lion bud­get. Man­ages 380 staff. He also man­ages Trav­el­choice and looks af­ter high­ways, neigh­saved us £6 mil­lion last year and we need to save an­other £4 mil­lion, so they are very much in­volved in the re­view process as well.”

The state­ment of ac­counts also shows that the city coun­cil un­der spent on its bud­get for 2009/10 by £364,000.

Con­cerns had been raised in Fe­bru­ary that the author­ity was head­ing for an £800,000 over­spend. bour­hoods and hous­ing.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of chil­dren’s ser­vices, John Richards: £138,308 (plus £22,683 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). Leads chil­dren’s ser­vices for the 42,000 young­sters in the city and is re­spon­si­ble for 1,000 staff.

Di­rec­tor of com­mer­cial ser­vices, Mike Heath: £93,987 (plus £15,000 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). Du­ties in­clude run­ning city ser­vices with a bud­get of £25 mil­lion and 720 staff.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of adult so­cial ser­vices, Denise Radley: £110,458 (plus £18,079 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). Man­ages NHS bud­gets of £297 mil­lion.

So­lic­i­tor to the coun­cil, Helen Ed­wards: £90,679 (plus £14,813 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions). En­sures coun­cil op­er­ates legally and to high stan­dards of con­duct.

How­ever, Cllr Cer­este said it was be­cause cer­tain sav­ings did not come to fruition un­til later in the year.

He said: “A £300,000 un­der­spend is noth­ing, with the size of our bud­get. But I’d much rather have an un­der­spend than an over­spend.”

The state­ment of ac­counts and re­ports will go be­fore the city coun­cil’s au­dit com­mit­tee on June 28.

CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE: Gillian Beasley.


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