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