Over 400 public sector employees in Leicestershire earn in excess of £100K

February 08, 2011 8:45 AM

Leicestershire County Council has proven its mettle up to now, preparing in advance for the inevitable cuts coming its way.  It has, therefore, been able to maintain the majority of frontline services that are so crucial to local communities.

The cuts that have been made to care for the elderly and recycling could well have had a reduced impact if top officials at the Council office were not in receipt of huge, inexcusable salaries, which surpass even the wage of the Prime Minister. With 1000 posts expected to go as part of plans to claw back £82m over the next four years, earnings in excess of £150,000 per annum, received by the likes of Chief Executive Sheila Lock, are inexcusable and an insult to Leicestershire taxpayers.

We should applaud the authority for enforcing a one-year council tax freeze, but with year-on-year increases back within 12 months, we must ask what more can be done to relieve the tax burden on Leicestershire residents. Part of the answer  is to recover money from the salaries of more than 400 public sector employees earning six-figure salaries in the county. As we have stated in our manifesto, the top 10% of public sector workers should take a 5% pay cut.  With this amazingly high number of people earning above £100K a year, this would go a long way to protecting some front-line services.

Eric Pickles has also announced that councils across the country will have to publish the names of those employees earning over £58,000 per annum,  detailing their responsibilities. This will show where some of our money goes, and where it is wasted. You will be able to decide who gives value for money, and who doesn't. Councils are finding there are fewer hiding places as they are forced to become more transparent.Leicestershire County Council has proven its mettle up to now, preparing in advance for the inevitable cuts coming its way.  It has, therefore, been able to maintain the majority of frontline services that are so crucial to local communities.

The cuts that have been made to care for the elderly and recycling could well have had a reduced impact if top officials at the Council office were not in receipt of huge, inexcusable salaries, which surpass even the wage of the Prime Minister. With 1000 posts expected to go as part of plans to claw back £82m over the next four years, earnings in excess of £150,000 per annum, received by the likes of Chief Executive Sheila Lock, are inexcusable and an insult to Leicestershire taxpayers.

We should applaud the authority for enforcing a one-year council tax freeze, but with year-on-year increases back within 12 months, we must ask what more can be done to relieve the tax burden on Leicestershire residents. Part of the answer  is to recover money from the salaries of more than 400 public sector employees earning six-figure salaries in the county. As we have stated in our manifesto, the top 10% of public sector workers should take a 5% pay cut.  With this amazingly high number of people earning above £100K a year, this would go a long way to protecting some front-line services.

Eric Pickles has also announced that councils across the country will have to publish the names of those employees earning over £58,000 per annum,  detailing their responsibilities. This will show where some of our money goes, and where it is wasted. You will be able to decide who gives value for money, and who doesn't. Councils are finding there are fewer hiding places as they are forced to become more transparent.

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