Pub­lic sec­tor pay up for de­bate

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -


city coun­cil’s ac­counts re­veal the salaries of the author­ity’s top earn­ers.

It shows that the seven lead­ing of­fi­cers be­tween them earned just un­der £1 mil­lion in salaries and pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions last year.

City Coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este has de­fended the salaries point­ing out that they are in line with the salaries paid to se­nior fig­ures in other sim­i­lar au­thor­i­ties up and down the coun­try.

But the rev­e­la­tion comes as the coun­try braces it­self for an emer­gency bud­get to­mor­row which prom­ises to bring the spend­ing axe to the pub­lic sec­tor as well as many other ar­eas.

Re­cent stud­ies show that re­mu­ner­a­tion lev­els are gen­er­ally much higher in the pub­lic sec­tor than in many sim­i­lar ar­eas of the pri­vate sec­tor.

The chal­lenges fac­ing the city coun­cil’s lead­ing ex­ec­u­tives will be tougher than they have ever been. A re­duc­tion in Govern­ment in­come will be in­evitable given the fi­nan­cial cri­sis the coun­try is fac­ing, but ser­vices will need to be main­tained.

The author­ity has al­ready been go­ing through a trans­for­ma­tion process aimed at achiev­ing this, and councillor Cer­este points out that in many ar­eas of its work the coun­cil, un­der the guid­ance of se­nior man­age­ment, has achieved a great deal.

But in the fu­ture the cost of pub­lic sec­tor pen­sions, par­tic­u­larly those of the top earn­ers, as well as salaries must be ques­tioned.

The use of con­sul­tants along­side the ex­per­tise of highly paid se­nior ex­ec­u­tives must also come un­der close scru­tiny. Cost ef­fec­tive­ness will be the watch­word for all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and this will also have to ap­ply to the top lev­els of man­age­ment.

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