TOP COUNCIL SALARIES REVEALED
Almost £1 million in salaries and pension contributions for the seven leading officers
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.
CHILDREN’S SERVICES: John Richards.