The Government had ordered local authorities to disclose the earnings of all executives after concerns were raised about the size of pay increases granted to council officers.Two things did strike me, though.
Last year it was disclosed that Andrea Hill, the chief executive of Suffolk county council, was paid £218,000 a year while John Foster, the chief executive of Islington council was paid £210,000.And they are still unmolested? Their children unaffected?
If so, no excuse for the rest of you.
And then there was this:
Caroline Spelman, the Tory spokesman on local government, said: “Residents have a right to know how their council tax is being spent.”Hey, if that’s what you really believe, Caroline, how about bringing your own council executives to heel, then?
Wandsworth borough council, a flagship Tory local authority, warned that “families could be at risk of abuse and children of bullying due to press misrepresentation of data” .Get cracking, Caroline. Otherwise, people might conclude you were just another useless politician prepared to say anything, mightn't they?