While a few incumbent Council Chief Executives are taking a pay cut there is also the savings being achieved where the post falls vacant and the successor is installed on a lower salary.

A survey (£) for the Local Government Chronicle suggests that a quarter of CEOs have taken a pay cut.

But it is likely that the pay cuts will be larger where somebody new has been appointed. Another LGC survey (£) points to some significant reductions. The average comes to 11.3%. Among Conservative councils that have made savings in this way are West Sussex CC (pay down from £220,000 to £175,000), Mid Sussex District Council (from £138,000 to £112,000), Northamptonshire CC (from £197,136 to £161,289), Surrey Heath (£112,600 to £95,000) and Thurrock (£200,000 to £175,000.)