With new leadership in many local areas, there is lots of potential for bold and innovative ways to save money.
Posts Tagged: Councillor and officer remuneration
Plus: Waltham Forest’s proposed “consultancy support for a strategic reset” sounds like something from David Brent.
Simon Cooke: Local authorities must offer high pay to recruit chief executives who are up to the job
Councils with poor management and leadership need to recruit the best people to senior roles to sort out their failings.
Nottingham City Council paid nine staff over £100,000 a year. What did local taxpayers get for their money? A failed council-owned energy company.
Plus: The residents of Tunbridge Wells are left with the bill for their council’s Calverley Square vanity project.
We need to ensure we are attracting those who can deliver effective and efficient services to our local communities.
Harry Fone: £255 million a year is spent on councillor allowances. That is where the economy drive should begin.
Plus: White elephants in Brighton – and Nottingham’s inept venture into the energy market.
We have reduced the number of councillors by 30 per cent and we froze allowances for nine years running.
Gareth Lyon: By professionalising councillors, we are repeating Parliament’s mistake at a local level
Ever greater state funding is being followed by ever greater statism in political thought – and the decline of independent thought.
Meirion Jenkins: Birmingham is the largest metropolitan authority in Europe – and one of the worst-run.
The structure and management of the council needs total reform. I would reduce the current 101 councillors to around 30.
Talk of being “cut to the bone” is nonsense. Here are some challenges councillors should be making about unnecessary spending.
The latest council leader to vote to increase his own allowances talks of himself as a business leader, not a public servant.
Chairing a committee is paid at the rate of over £2,000 per meeting.
Last year a council Chief Executive received an eight per cent rise, taking her salary to £170,000 – whilst most of her staff were stuck with the basic one per cent
We should have fewer councillors – but they should be full time.