If anyone in Cameron’s Crazy Council bothered watching Prime Minister’s Questions, they will have spotted that twice in the last two weeks, Call Me Dave has referred to local authorities reducing the salaries of their chief executives and cutting allowances to their councillors. It’s all about leading by example when “we’re all in this together”
None of that looks likely to happen anytime soon in Croydon.
Chief executive Jon Rouse, after wielding the axe on 200 council employees last month, is still being paid £195,300.
His right-hand man Nathan Elvery remains on a “mere” £150,167.76.
And our elected councillors have voted themselves the following allowances
(though for now they will continue to claim the lower figures):
- Leader of the Council – £53,224 to £64,824
- Deputy Leaders – £46,485 to £48,618
- Cabinet Members – £43,340 to £45,377
- Chairman of Scrutiny & Overview Committee – £40,957 to £45,377
- Chief Whip (Majority Group) – £26,627 to £25,930
Much was made yesterday by the controlling Conservative group on the council that they would, again, not take the increases that they had voted for themselves last year because, in the present financial climate, with Council Tax-payers suffering a 20 per cent or more cut in the services that they receive, it would be “inappropriate”.
The estimated £30,000 savings, council leader Mike Fisher suggested, would go towards the part-funding of one of the libraries that his team have been undermining and looking to close.
Yet if the ruling councillors’ allowance increase is “inappropriate” now, it was surely “inappropriate” 12 months ago when the Tory group dutifully voted for it. So why did they?
Croydon’s Tory councillors: proud to serve themselves.
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