£81,000 to £95,000:
“The board that oversees Glasgow’s three further education colleges has dropped plans to award a 17% pay rise to a senior official.
This followed intervention by the deputy first minister after the proposal was roundly criticised by Holyrood’s public audit committee.”
MEANWHILE, here in Devon:
£90,727 to £115,000:
“So, here we are: Somerset County Council theoretically holds the purse strings – except it obviously doesn’t! There is no scrutiny or transparency, no way of stopping this juggernaut that we have never been consulted about.
AND we have no way of knowing how Diviani voted – the LEP doesn’t release such information.
“Chris Garcia, chief executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), could see his pay jump nearly 27% from £90,729 to £115,000. [This was agreed today with the two councils objecting].
“Somerset council leader John Osman said: “The pay of £90,000 is already too much so I believe it should be at least 10% less than that.”
As a recent commentator points out:
“Two key points:
1. LEP is completely and utterly unaccountable either to the people of the SW directly or via our elected representatives on the CCs.
2. Unlike the Scottish government, the UK government is unwilling to step in in the interests of prudent and acceptable public spending, and by failing to step in is giving the appearance that they promote this sort of excessive pay for their friends (and in some case party sponsors) in what many of would consider a corrupt way.
Funny how there is never any money for essential rank-and-file public sector workers like nurses and firemen and prison officers and the police etc. whose pay rises (when they get them) continue to be below inflation, but they never have anything to say and never take any action when it is their mates and sponsors who are getting them. And if the excuse is because of the weight of their responsibilities and the stresses of the position, why does not that also apply to nurses etc. who face danger and traumatic experiences every day, and whose workloads are increasing due to cuts in staff numbers?
SUMMARY: Its one rule for the Conservative elite and their friends / sponsors, and another for the remaining 95%-98% of the population.
CONSERVATIVES: “For the few not the many.”