Jan 2012 26

I am organising an Action Day for the TaxPayers’ Alliance in Bristol on Saturday 11 February. Local supporters will be gathering signatures for a petition asking for the pay of the Chief Executive of Bristol City Council to be substantially cut. The chief executive currently receives a total remuneration (including their taxpayer funded pension contributions) of over £220K. Their basic salary is almost £190K. 

Bath TPA supporters (left to right), Matt Showering, Ben Lodge and Tim Newark show the signatures for their petition collected at Bath’s Farmers’ Market.

We will be hoping to put pressure on the Chief Executive to volunteer a pay cut in line with the recently announced reduction in pay for Bath & NES Council’s Chief Executive by 15% to £150K—a victory for our petitioning in Bath carried out at the end of last year.

In Bristol, local protestors have already voiced concern at the extraordinary increase in pay received by the Chief Executive over the past 14 years. The current council boss is paid more than £107,000 per year than the post received in 1998. This amounts to an approximate pay rise of  £7,600 every year for more than a decade, way above the rate of inflation.

Local TPA supporters will gather in central Bristol at 11.00am on the 11th February. If you would like to join us, pass your contact details on to National Grassroots Coordinator, Andrew Allison and I will get back to you with the exact location.

Tim is Grassroots Coordinator for Bath and the South-West. He is an historian, author and veteran local campaigner.



  • Steve Collins

    “In Bristol, local protestors have already voiced concern at the extraordinary increase in pay received by the Chief Executive over the past 14 years”

    Tim, by ‘local protestors’ do you mean the Occupy shower who have been defacing College Green since October? I think you do.

    What strange bedfellows – the TPA and Occupy, who’d have thought it?

  • http://twitter.com/richardbrennan richardbrennan

    There should be a £60k cap on local government salaries. This money could be used to help the most vulnerable and support the front line services.

  • Matt Showering

    Indeed Steve, that’s the great irony here. The crucial point is that it’s absolutely right for people to be outraged by excessive/disproportionate remuneration for those on the state payroll; but this exposes the folly of the anti-capitalist rhetoric, because however vague the goals of the Occupy movement it is clear that the ‘alternative’ they advocate would entail a much bigger role for the state, meaning even more people drawing stupendous salaries with near-zero accountability.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed Steve, that’s the great irony here. The crucial point is that it’s absolutely right for people to be outraged by excessive/disproportionate remuneration for those on the state payroll; but this exposes the folly of the anti-capitalist rhetoric, because however vague the goals of the Occupy movement it is clear that the ‘alternative’ they advocate would entail a much bigger role for the state, meaning even more people drawing stupendous salaries with near-zero accountability.

  • JanF

    Why don’t we really investigate how these remunerations are decided and what are the links between the people making those decision and those benefiting from them? I sure we’d find out some really interesting fact…

  • girlwithsomesense

    As the Chief Executive she holds ultimate responsibility for the Showcase bus routes which have slowed traffic to a snail’s pace in Fishponds Road.  Millions have been spent on sticking out bus stops for no benefit whatsoever.  She should be taken to task for the ludicrous and appalling waste of millions of pounds.

  • Disillusioned Bristol resident

    Missed the protest today, but can I sign up for the petition?

  • Disillusioned Bristol resident

    It’s a complete waste of time trying to pin responsibility on Jan Ormondroyd. My repeated direct experience is that she sees herself as unaccountable to citizens, and that leadership style permeates the culture in the rest of the organisation.