Success in Bath

January 20, 2012 2:35 PM

A great success this week for Tim Newark and his team in Bath and the South West. They have been campaigning for a reduction in salary for the new Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council. They held a campaign day, got signatures on their petition, and raised the subject with the local media.

[caption id="attachment_41892" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Tim Newark, Bath & South-West grassroots coordinator, collects signature from Bath stallholder."][/caption]

Last week the council advertised the post with a salary of £150K - a 15% reduction. Although the feeling on the streets was it should have been reduced further, and we certainly would have welcomed that, any reduction is good news, and sends the right message to council taxpayers and council staff that those at the top are prepared to lead by example.

As as result of the remuneration packages of chief executives spiraling out of control, the pay of directors and heads of services have also risen. This decision in B&NES means pay at other senior grades will be kept under check and reduced in time.

[caption id="attachment_41889" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="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."][/caption]

This is another example of local TPA activists taking on their council and winning. Once again we have proved it can be done.

I know from the many e-mails I receive each week many of you would like to do just what Tim and his team have done, but feel you either don't have the time or the experience - or both.

We can help you organise a TPA branch in your area. We can help you start a local campaign; get a petition going and organise action days and protests. Whether the subject is senior pay, parking charges, or other areas where our money is wasted, get in touch with me, and together we can make a difference.A great success this week for Tim Newark and his team in Bath and the South West. They have been campaigning for a reduction in salary for the new Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council. They held a campaign day, got signatures on their petition, and raised the subject with the local media.

[caption id="attachment_41892" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Tim Newark, Bath & South-West grassroots coordinator, collects signature from Bath stallholder."][/caption]

Last week the council advertised the post with a salary of £150K - a 15% reduction. Although the feeling on the streets was it should have been reduced further, and we certainly would have welcomed that, any reduction is good news, and sends the right message to council taxpayers and council staff that those at the top are prepared to lead by example.

As as result of the remuneration packages of chief executives spiraling out of control, the pay of directors and heads of services have also risen. This decision in B&NES means pay at other senior grades will be kept under check and reduced in time.

[caption id="attachment_41889" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="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."][/caption]

This is another example of local TPA activists taking on their council and winning. Once again we have proved it can be done.

I know from the many e-mails I receive each week many of you would like to do just what Tim and his team have done, but feel you either don't have the time or the experience - or both.

We can help you organise a TPA branch in your area. We can help you start a local campaign; get a petition going and organise action days and protests. Whether the subject is senior pay, parking charges, or other areas where our money is wasted, get in touch with me, and together we can make a difference.

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