Monday, 24 October 2011

Council chief exec's pay rise

THE pay of the chief executive of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council went up last year, new figures show.

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Mark Rogers was paid £130,11 in 2010/11, new accounts show, up from £127,651 and £122,745 in the previous two years. He is being paid the same this year.

The employers’ pension contribution to Mr Rogers was £25,070 compared to £21,736 the year before.

The figures show six other top bosses took home more cash last year than the year before.

The second highest paid was the director of resources who was paid £100,937 compared to £96.798 the year before (click here for figures, p76).

Yet the number of staff earning more than £50,000 fell from 194 to 185 after rising from 167 the previous year.

Councillors were paid £542,000 in allowances compared to £527,000 the previous year.

The figures show then council leader, Liberal Democrat Ian Hedley, was paid the most, a £7,688.04 basic allowance and £17,281.34 special responsibility allowance.

Conservative group leader Ken Meeson claimed the most expenses for travel and food, £972.40.

The council is making £15.2m of savings this year to balance a budget of £148.1m.

This has led to cuts in youth services and a massive hike in fees for day centres.

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