A Labour MP has responded to the latest “Town Hall Rich List”, which showed that Croydon Council has at least 15 executives being paid more than £100,000 per year, by saying that such high salaries are “rewarding mediocrity”.
Danczuk also sits on parliament’s communities and local government select committee which is investigating chief officers’ pay.
As Inside Croydon reported yesterday, executive salaries at Croydon Council appear to have fallen by £1million in the last year for which records are available, but high-level golden handshakes for some officials who are made redundant continue to be made at public expense, while the borough’s chief executive, Nathan Elvery, was appointed to the £180,000 per year job without it ever being publicly advertised.
“Senior council officers have got to show restraint,” Danczuk told the Press Association.
“I’m of the view that some of these officers should take a dramatic cut in their salary. Between the best and least-paid workers on some councils the gap is growing too far and this is not acceptable.
“Working for local authorities is about public service and these figures suggest that some are there just for the money.
“We all know there are some great officers in local government – Sir Howard Bernstein at Manchester Council is one example. But there are too many cases where salaries do not match performance and we’re rewarding mediocrity.”
Croydon North’s Labour MP, Steve Reed OBE, who until late 2012 was the leader of Lambeth Council, has made no comment on local authority pay levels. Croydon South’s Tory MP, Sir Tricky Dicky Ottaway, may have said, “Where’s Croydon?” Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, may have said, “Can they work for nothing?”
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