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Top team, top Dollar

At the last council meeting the Leader of the Conservative group, Jason Stacey, asked a series of three questions about the costs associated with the council’s top team.

Question 40:

Could the Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance please confirm how many members there are of the Corporate Board? What is the total combined annual salary costs (based on 2010/11 salary levels), including pension and on costs, for the Corporate Board – assuming all work continuously for a 12-month period? Please include any long-term agency/interim staff within your figures.

Answer 40:

Total number of members of Corporate Board – 5
Total combined Annual Salary Costs including on-costs – £938,702.72

Question 41:

Could the Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance please confirm how many Directors there are employed at Ealing Council? What is the total combined annual salary costs (based on 2010/11 salary levels), including pension and on costs, for these Directors– assuming all work continuously for a 12-month period? Please include any long-term agency/interim staff within your figures.

Answer 41:

Total number of Directors employed at Ealing – 16
Total combined Annual Salary Costs including on-costs – £1,967,639.04

Question 42:

Could the Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance please confirm how many Assistant Directors and Head of Services are employed by Ealing Council? What is the total combined annual salary costs (based on 2010/11 salary levels), including pension and on costs, for Assistant Directors and Heads of Services – assuming all work continuously for a 12-month period? Please include any long-term agency/interim staff within your figures.

Answer 42:

Total number of Assistant Directors/Heads of Service employed at Ealing – 77
Total combined Annual Salary Costs including on-costs – £6,773,101.95

Across the whole group that is pretty much 100 people who cost £100K each.

One of the first actions of a returning Tory administration would have been to look very hard at this group. Such changes need to be made early in an administration and it is a measure of how unprepared the Labour group were to be in power that they have not moved in this area. Even though the council’s management structure has evolved considerably in recent years it still looks top heavy compared to many other organisations. It is unlikely that the Labour group have the skills or the confidence to manage this group.

2 replies on “Top team, top Dollar”

This is a little harsh on the incumbent Labour Council, who have only been in control for less than 6 months. Pot calling the kettle black perhaps? As these £millions were being earned whilst your party were in power 2006-2010 surely you must take most of the blame for not trimmimgs this huge ‘senior management’ salary and on-costs bill?

I do however agree that the fact that 100 Council Officers each cost £100,000 is totally unacceptable.

Eric,

Running things is about priorities and picking your fights.

The Tory council of four years had to live within tighter means than the previous Labour council did but there was still much fat in the system. This issue was on the agenda and indeed the corporate board was thinned out in 2007 and the two highest paid officers were replaced with much less expensive officers recently. But you only have a limited opportunity to undertake this kind of change such that you can still fit in with the four year electoral cycle.

The Tories took out £60 million in savings over the four years, more than Labour has to find over the next four years. Now much of the fat has been stripped out, the challenge is different. The challenge will be different again in four year’s time.

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