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SOLIHULL COUNCIL: Top council earners revealed

SOLIHULL COUNCIL: Top council earners revealed

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Top Solihull Council bosses raked in almost £1 million between them in one year, according to figures.

The annual Town Hall Rich List reveals the senior officers around the country who had received the largest sums in 2019/20.

In Solihull half a dozen of the top team had “total remuneration” of more than £100,000, once the pay packet, pensions, expenses and other sums were totted up.

This added up to £900,291 over the course of the 12 month period.

The council pointed out the Rich List was from the financial year before last, but said that its pay structure balanced “value for money” with attracting talented staff.

The single biggest amount was paid to chief executive Nick Page, whose base salary was £158,798 and total remuneration stood at £201,623.

Five other members of staff were among almost 3,000 officials nationwide who received a six figure sum.

Solihull’s numbers for the financial year were as follows:

Chief executive – Salary: £158,798, Total Remuneration: £201,613

Deputy chief executive/director of resources – Salary: £134,786, Total Remuneration: £159,587

Director of children’s services and skills – Salary: £131, 183, Total Remuneration: £154,271

Director of adult care and support – Salary: £125,183, Total Remuneration: £148,217

Director of managed growth and communities – Salary:  £75,932, Total Remuneration: £118,888

Director of public health – Salary: £99,459, Total Remuneration: £117,759,

The TaxPayers’ Alliance, which compiled the Rich List, said the data collated nationwide helped residents judge whether they were getting “value for money.”

John O’Connell, chief executive of the pressure group, said: “At the onset of the coronavirus crisis, thousands of town hall officials were taking home huge sums.

“While councils were plunged into tackling the pandemic, many staff will have more than earned their keep, but households have nevertheless struggled with enormous and unpopular council tax rises.”

A spokesman for the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents local authorities nationwide, insisted that senior pay was agreed by “democratically-elected councillors in an open and transparent way.”

“Councils are large, complex organisations with sizeable budgets and responsibility for more than 1,300 different statutory duties and responsibilities that make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“It is important that the right people with the right skills and experience are retained to deliver this important work.”

The full league table shows that fewer of Solihull’s officers featured on the list than from from its larger neighbours Birmingham and Coventry, where 19 and 18 employees appeared respectively.

When contacted for comment Solihull Council had referred us to a more recent pay policy payment signed-off by councillors earlier this year.

This gives the 2020/21 salaries for senior management, but not the more detailed breakdown of “total remuneration” included in the Rich List.

According to the data, Mr Page’s salary had increased to £159,211 and the deputy chief executive’s to £135,221.

Four other directors were in the £119,719 – 125,657 pay bracket for the last financial year.

The council report said: “In determining its grading structure and setting remuneration levels for all posts, the council has taken account of the need to ensure value for money in respect of the use of public resources.

“This is balanced against the need to attract, retain and motivate competent and talented staff on a sustainable basis to deliver the required public services.”

Words: David Iriwn, Local Democracy Reporter


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