This week’s non-job was always going to be pretty serious seeing as one in four councils lost millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in failing Icelandic banks. Inflation reached the benchmark of 5.2%, meaning if councils want to increase council tax at the rate of inflation they will be capped by central government. There are tough times ahead for local government funding. Usually, I’d find a job between £50,000 and £60,000 and critique its existence within the bureaucratic ranks of our ever growing local government superstructure. Today’s non-job, however, stands out because of the incredible salary - £130,000 plus benefits. So we present to you our non-job of the week from Cambridgeshire County Council:
“Corporate Director, Adult and Community Services
£130,000 + benefits
Who's the boss?
Supporting and caring for people who need it most.
Strengthening communities. Improving lifestyles. Widening choice and opportunity. Our new office of Adult and Community Services has been created to deliver this to everyone who lives in Cambridgeshire.
We need somebody exceptional to lead it.
You will have 580,000 bosses to please in the fastest growing County in England, with that number increasing every day.
For further information on the role, please visit http://www.gatenbysanderson.com or call our consultants
Penny Ransley on 020 7426 3962 or Maggie Hennessy on 020 7426 3961 for a discussion in confidence.
- POSITIVE ABOUT DISABLED PEOPLE
INVESTOR IN PEOPLE”
The salary alone should leave readers stunned. This is no time for government to grow, offering salaries that – including pensions and the ‘benefits’ guaranteed – chalk up around a quarter of a million pounds a year. As I wrote last week, councils have chief executives, deputy chief executives, heads of service and so forth. Some even have ‘development corporations’ that don’t sound like they’re an arm of government despite being such. But in the middle of an economic crisis, Cambridgeshire County Council create a new office within the council, frittering away taxpayers’ money on new bureaucracies at a time when government simply cannot keep up its level of spending without serious consequences to the standard of living of British taxpayers.