Pay of LGA Chief Executive revealed

November 18, 2010 11:38 AM

Following my post a couple of days ago on councils opting to leave the LGA, it has since been revealed that their Chief Executive got a £70,000 pay and pension increase last year. That takes his total remuneration to over £300,000. The LGA say that it reflects a promotion but this shows how out of touch with the public they are. The Chief Executive of a trade association funded with taxpayers money should not be receiving such hefty pay deals. It seems they ape many of the worst traits of some of the councils they represent – such pay increases are above and beyond anything ordinary workers would have received at the start of the financial year, with many looking at pay freezes or even pay cuts.  Senior staff at bodies like the LGA should be setting an example and cutting their already enormous remuneration packages.

This is just one of many problems with the LGA. It claims to represent  all 'member councils and the people and communities they serve' but their motives and actions often say otherwise. The LGA lobbies central government to further their own political interests, which  is a complete misuse of taxpayers’ money, and too often the actual needs of residents are overlooked. Matthew Sinclair explains the injustice of taxpayer funded lobbying and political campaigning here.

As I mentioned the other day, the LGA claimed frontline services would be decimated after the Spending Review. Surely the subscription costs handed over to them by councils would be better spent on these frontline services that they so keenly champion? The chances are your council is a member of the LGA – if they are then you can write to your local councillors here, urging them to leave and save thousands of pounds.Following my post a couple of days ago on councils opting to leave the LGA, it has since been revealed that their Chief Executive got a £70,000 pay and pension increase last year. That takes his total remuneration to over £300,000. The LGA say that it reflects a promotion but this shows how out of touch with the public they are. The Chief Executive of a trade association funded with taxpayers money should not be receiving such hefty pay deals. It seems they ape many of the worst traits of some of the councils they represent – such pay increases are above and beyond anything ordinary workers would have received at the start of the financial year, with many looking at pay freezes or even pay cuts.  Senior staff at bodies like the LGA should be setting an example and cutting their already enormous remuneration packages.

This is just one of many problems with the LGA. It claims to represent  all 'member councils and the people and communities they serve' but their motives and actions often say otherwise. The LGA lobbies central government to further their own political interests, which  is a complete misuse of taxpayers’ money, and too often the actual needs of residents are overlooked. Matthew Sinclair explains the injustice of taxpayer funded lobbying and political campaigning here.

As I mentioned the other day, the LGA claimed frontline services would be decimated after the Spending Review. Surely the subscription costs handed over to them by councils would be better spent on these frontline services that they so keenly champion? The chances are your council is a member of the LGA – if they are then you can write to your local councillors here, urging them to leave and save thousands of pounds.

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