When you consider how many Peterborough City Council services have been outsourced, or simply cut back, closed or like the local link buses on our streets will vanish from October. This contraction has yet to touch upon the grossly inflated salaries enjoyed by some PCC officers, bearing no relation to the economic state of the country generally. We also find it strange that some salary grades for essential growth services are less valued than regulatory functions that involve little more than following a commercially sourced computer program, and pitching up to a few meetings.
We've highlighted in red some of the functions, that can be axed with little or no impact on front line services and possibly make those higher up the pay scale work a little more efficiently..
We have also highlighted in green the functions needing to be upgraded and taken more seriously. Perhaps then we can get the winter bus network back on the road and the meals on wheels services re-instated?
The published salaries are a bit of an eye opener, and you may equally well consider that a few listed below are are underpaid whilst others are literally coining it in, Several names on here would not last three months in a commercial environment. Sounds harsh? Well no. If a commercial firm loses money, it goes out of business, and people are sacked. If things don't work (eg: Fountains, Freemans solar panels) people are sacked or jobs reviewed and terminated, not paid even more to fix it!. If people are rubbish at their jobs, they also get sacked but seemingly not in the public sector, they get moved, possibly sideways. See how many you can pick out....and work out if they are worth it... Play your own P45 cards right. Higher or Lower??
And as for Pop goes the Weasel? The weasel at one time was a small flat iron used by hand cut tailors, as part of the suitmaking process. Once used, it would be sent to the pawnbrokers or 'popped' and redeemed once the client had paid for his suit. The process would then start all over again.
Another version is that 'weasel and stoat' is Cockney rhyming slang for "coat", which is "popped" or pawned to visit, or after visiting, the Eagle pub. The late Anthony Newley sung about it once...
Published salaries of senior staff as at 1 July 2013In line with Peterborough City Council’s open and transparent governance policies, the table below provides details of the salaries of senior management staff who report directly to the council’s corporate management team.
|Name||Job Title||Service area codes||FTE||FTE pay floor||FTE pay ceiling|
|Gillian Beasley||Chief Executive||CORP||1.0||170,000||174,999|
|Sue Westcott||Executive Director Children's Services||ESCS||1.0||125,000||129,999|
|John Harrison||Executive Director Strategic Resources||CORP||1.0||120,000||124,999|
|Wendi Ogle-Welbourn||Assistant Director - Strategic Commissioning and Prevention||ESCS||1.0||105,000||109,999|
|Paul Phillipson||Executive Director Operations||ENVR||1.0||105,000||109,999|
|Jonathan Lewis||Assistant Director - Education and Resources||ESCS||1.0||100,000||104,999|
|Jana Burton||Assistant Director - Care Services Strategy||ESCS||1.0||90,000||94,999|
|Andrew Edwards||Head of Growth and Regeneration||PLAN||1.0||90,000||94,999|
|Ricky Fuller||Head of Strategic Client Services||CORP||1.0||90,000||94,999|
|Debbie Haith||Assistant Director Safeguarding Families and Communities||ESCS||1.0||90,000||94,999|
|Simon Machen||Head of Planning, Transport and Engineering||HIGH||1.0||90,000||94,999|
|Steven Pilsworth||Head of Strategic Finance||CORP||1.0||90,000||94,999|
|Tim Bishop||Assistant Director Adult Social Care Commissioning||ASOC||1.0||80,000||84,999|
|Susan Mitchell||Associate Director Public Health||CORP||1.0||80,000||84,999|
|Boika Rechel||Consultant in Public Health||CORP||0.8||80,000 (actual cost to PCC £65,000)||84,999 (actual cost to PCC £69,999)|
|Adrian Chapman||Head of Neighbourhoods||ENVR||1.0||75,000||79,999|
|Glen Denham||Head of Service - Quality Assurance Safeguarding & Principal Social Worker||ESCS||1.0||70,000||74,999|
|Kim Sawyer||Head of Legal Services||CORP||1.0||70,000||74,999|
|Annette Joyce||Head of Commercial Operations||ENVR||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Diane Baker||Head of Governance||CORP||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Steve Crabtree||Chief Internal Auditor||CORP||1.0||58,200||64,999|
Below are Interim Chief Officers. The payments disclosed reflect the amounts paid as invoiced fees and disbursements to their employing personal service companies, including any introducing fees and commissions. The PCC pointlessly comments "the fees do not necessarily reflect the amounts received by the individuals themselves" The payments relate to the financial year ending 31 March 2013. In fact many of the personal service companies are set up by the individuals concerned who then draw down a minimal tax dividend, rather than a salary, and in most cases actually pay a fraction of the income tax normally payable under PAYE.
|Paul Tonks||Interim Head of Business Transformation||CORP||106 days from 1 April 2012 to 8 February 2013||99,094|
|Jean Imray||Interim Assistant Director - Safeguarding Families & Children||ESCS||59 days from 22 December 2012||44,822|
|Paul Grubic||Interim Assistant Director - Adult Social Care||ASOC||96 days from 1 April 2012 to 6 September 2012||92,448|
|Mike Kealey||Interim Head of HR||CORP||24 days from 1 April 2012||11,210|
|Lynn Neeley||Interim Head of HR||CORP||260 days from 1 April 2012||98,000|
|Malcolm Newsam||Interim Executive Director - Children's Services||ESCS||176.5 days from 1 April to 21 December 2012||161,453|
|Paul Stevenson||Interim Head of Finance (Adult Social Care)||ASOC||221.5 days from 1 April 2012||145,050|
|Terry Rich||Interim Executive Director - Adult Social Care||ASOC||204 days from 1 April 2012||203,746|
|Gary Perkins||Head of School Improvement||ESCS||1.0||80,000||84,999|
|Janet Dullaghan||Head of Commissioning (Children's Health and Wellbeing)||ESCS||1.0||70,000||74,999|
|Lou Williams||Head of Commissioning, Policy & Strategy||ESCS||1.0||70,000||74,999|
|Allison Sunley||Head of Commissioning Targeted and Preventative Services||ESCS||1.0||70,000||74,999|
|Darryl Freeman||Head of Service - R&A and Family Support||ESCS||1.0||65,000||69,999|
|Nick Hutchins||Head of Finance (SR, CE & OPS)||CORP||1.0||65,000||69,999|
|Claire George||Head of Pupil Referral Service||ESCS||1.0||65,000||69,999|
|Jenny Goodes||Head of Service - LAC and Disabilities||ESCS||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Richard Hodgson||Head of Strategic Projects||PLAN||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Lesley Kelly||Senior School Improvement Advisor (Primary)||ESCS||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Malcolm Massey||Senior School Improvement Advisor (Primary)||ESCS||0.5||58,200 (actual cost to PCC £30,000)||64,999 (actual cost to PCC £34,999)|
|Nick Beech||Senior School Improvement Advisor (Primary)||ESCS||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Jo Cottell||Service Manager - Workforce Development||ESCS||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Iain Easton||Head of Service - YOS and Leaving Care||CORP||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Peter Gell||Strategic Regulatory Services Manager||ENVR||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Kirsty Nutton||Financial Services Manager - Corporate Accounting||CORP||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Vicki Palazon||Financial Services Manager - Budgetary Control and Financial Planning||CORP||1.0||58,200||64,999|
|Andy Tatt||Group Manager - Transport & Engineering||ENVR||1.0||58,200||64,999|
The number of City Councillors should ideally be culled by one third to reflect the reduction in services required from them due to outsourcing and cutbacks. In any case no councillor above the age of 70 or serving more than three consecutive terms in the same ward should be permitted, it would bring some fresh thinking into what is now a 'party whipped 'rubber stamping exercise. It won't happen of course as only 30% of the electorate can be bothered to voted and the major party machines have wrapped up the postal votes, usually well ahead of the actual May voting date!
In response to a conversation with a City Councillor earlier today, the cuts suggested are designed to show how public funding can be saved, and how the remaining staff can effectively divide up the work of those who have departed.
It is clear that little has changed year on year within the PCC high-earners, and as a result the directorate of the PCC is very top heavy and reflects a time when all the city council services were run and micro managed in house.
Now with SERCO and other service companies on board, there is little for the in house executives to do, and in reality, the high salary earners need to mirror their commercial counterparts by working smarter and harder.
We find it strange that front line staff such as social workers are well down the feed chain on salaries that realistically need urgently revising upwards.
Simply put, the knee jerk reaction to childrens services and the recent expensive hires of both Sue Westcott (£129,000) and Debbie Haith (£90,000) is one expensive hire too many. It would be interesting to see the complete monthly day-to-day work diary for each, to see how they justify their time, having already put in place an expensive new childrens services computer management programme. We still don't seem to have a solicitor in place, after the last one cleared her desk and seemingly vanished overnight!
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PS: The female council employee, on a mid range pay scale, and apparently named above, allegedly engaged in a bout of energetic 'sexting' with a male councillor, would be advised to not do it on her council issued smartphones, and then not to brag about it by passing around the saved screen shot response, at a recent not very well attended festive open air gathering....just sayin' The images are safe ... so far...
BTW Well done Cllr Gavin Elsey attended 5 out of 4 council meetings according to the PCC website, bet his phone was busy!
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