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Friday, November 21, 2014

LOADSAMONEY 30% PAY HIKES RUBBER STAMPED FOR 'BROKE' PETERBOROUGH COUNCIL TOP OFFICERS

ITS A MARCO MEGA CASH ROLLOVER FOR A FEW CANNY COUNCIL OFFICERS  (the councillors led by the Dear Leader on the employment committee rolled over..)


Some senior officer pay rises 'loadsamoney' at cash strapped Peterborough City Council are now getting more than a front line social workers entire annual salary including overtime...


As the dust settles it has emerged that five senior officers have hit the jackpot have had their salaries increased as part of the so-called senior management restructure (aka hike) at Peterborough City Council, only six posts have been removed.

The most shocking of all is the £20k annual payrise of the Executive director of resources,  not suggesting that he has been rewarded for failure but his job title no longer contains the work strategic John Harrison’s  salary has increased from £121,192 to an eyewatering £141,127,  Astonishingly he also trousers 'back pay'  of £31,563 - The councils employment committee accepted the story that he had taken on “additional responsibilities” dating back to April 2011.

But all we can see is that he spent loadsamoney and time on the aborted solar farm project. And really has anyone asked to see his professional qualifications for the role?  He should at least get a vellum scroll for excellence in negotiating salary increases...

Only just in the door and slippers under the desk is Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health and Wellbeing, Jana Burton. The Lotto sized hike has seen her salary increase from £110,235 to  an astonishing £135,345. The excuse is that her role has been expanded to include public health and the health and wellbeing portfolios ie two extra filing cabinets and a few more meetings...

Wendi Ogle-Welbourn is also smiling and for good measure, she has been named as Director of Communities, with a £10k pay hike rising to £115,345 per year, compared to £105,186 per year she received when she was Assistant Director Strategic Commissioning and Prevention for Children’s Services. Has anyone really examined her past career history at other local authorities?

Simon Machen apart from turning Peterborough into a bulding site over the last few years is the new Director of Growth and Regeneration, and will receive £115,345. He was banking £90,323 as Head of Planning, Transport and Engineering Services.

Kim Sawyer has been recast as the new Director of Governance, and will receive £95,000 per year. this is up from £74,314 in her previous role as Head of Legal Services.

Chief Executive Gillian Beasley’s salary will remain at £170,175 per year although she claims not having had a pay rise for the last 10 years. Go figure.... We would still prefer that she resigns and lets someone in with hard nosed commercial and financial experience.

 It is probably because of the fuss that this Blog has kicked up that she wisely didn't carry on with her campaign for increased pay. The lady is a solicitor with expertise in Child safety, not in our view qualifications for a council in severe financial distress....

Director of Children’s Services Sue Westcott will see her salary remain at £125,000, which is a pity.

We think that her performance so far has been shabby (she still has not responded to our many requests for a meeting to discuss the dire state of childrens services and the continuing low pay of frontline social workers for an on the record interview. We can as a small Unitary Authority do much better do much better.

Buried away in the council documents is this little gem:
APPENDIX 8
 
STAFF IMPLICATIONS
Vacancy and redundancy
 
In order to deliver the phase one changes outlined in this document we are proposing to restructure a
number of teams and departments which may result in a number of posts being affected.
 
The table below explains the staffing implications.
Our approach to minimising any compulsory redundancies will be the same as in other years, includingdeleting vacant posts, redeployment of affected staff and seeking voluntary redundancies where we are able to do so.
 
This information relates to council staff only. The phase one proposals may also impact on our partners.
We will outline the impact of the phase two proposals when they are published in January.
 
Staff implications Total
 
Total number of affected posts 55
 
Minus 12 vacant posts to be deleted = 43
 
Minus 13 voluntary redundancy acceptances = 30
 
Compulsory redundancy total 30
 


MEMO FROM THE DEAR LEADER
30%?, 45%?, 50%? WHO CARES ITS LOADSAMONEY!!!

SENIOR OFFICERS
EMPLOYED BY THE DEBT RIDDEN
PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL
WILL NOW ENJOY PAY PACKAGES
FAR IN EXCESS OF PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERONS TAKE HOME PAY.
Merry Christmas! Trebles all round...
 
SIGNED
EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE 
 
The Dear Leader aka
 
 Marco Cereste (Conservative)



 
  • Wayne Fitzgerald (Conservative)
  • Michael Fletcher (Peterborough Independents)
  • John Holdich (Conservative)
  • Nazim Khan (Labour)
  • Diane Lamb (Conservative)
  • Nick Sandford (Liberal Democrat)
  • Charles W Swift (Peterborough Independents)
  • Irene Walsh (Conservative)
  • John Shearman (Labour)

  • e&oe


    @PeterboroughCC Tory dominated Employment Committee today refused to overturn big pay hikes for senior officers.  @cllrdarrenfower
     

    Published salaries of senior staff as at 1 July 2013 does not include new salary increases announced November 20 2014


    BUDGET CUTS: In view of the out of control dire financial position the City Council finds itself in the positions/posts/function below marked in RED should be cut or merged. Many of the functions are legacy positions, which should have ended/vanished when SERCO effectively took over the majority of council front-line and back office services.

    Consider that many of the highlighted positions would not exist if a professional commercially aware Chief Executive was in post. Mrs Beasley the former council solicitor (specialising in childrens services) had to buy in the extra commercial expertise and support, as her own career background has in our view not equipped her office to run these essential business functions. She also needs the strength to stand up to any political pressure, and immediately 'slap down' officers and councillors who break the rules...we've not seen it so far...



    NOTE: From the council website. some of the name/positions may have already been removed or changed.

    In 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.

    NameJob TitleService area codesFTEFTE pay floorFTE pay ceiling
    1.Gillian Beasley                                      Chief ExecutiveCORP1.0170,000174,999
    Sue WestcottExecutive Director Children's ServicesESCS1.0125,000129,999
    2.John HarrisonExecutive Director Strategic ResourcesCORP1.0120,000124,999
    3.Wendi Ogle-WelbournAssistant Director - Strategic Commissioning and PreventionESCS1.0105,000109,999
    Paul PhillipsonExecutive Director OperationsENVR1.0105,000109,999
    4.Jonathan LewisAssistant Director - Education and ResourcesESCS1.0100,000104,999
    Jana BurtonAssistant Director - Care Services Strategy ESCS1.090,00094,999
    5.Andrew EdwardsHead of Growth and RegenerationPLAN1.090,00094,999
    Ricky FullerHead of Strategic Client ServicesCORP1.090,00094,999
    6. Debbie HaithAssistant Director Safeguarding Families and CommunitiesESCS1.090,00094,999
    7. Simon MachenHead of Planning, Transport and EngineeringHIGH1.090,00094,999
    8. Steven PilsworthHead of Strategic FinanceCORP1.090,00094,999
    Tim BishopAssistant Director Adult Social Care CommissioningASOC1.080,00084,999
    Susan MitchellAssociate Director Public HealthCORP1.080,00084,999
    Boika RechelConsultant in Public HealthCORP0.880,000 (actual cost to PCC £65,000)84,999 (actual cost to PCC £69,999)
    9.Adrian ChapmanHead of NeighbourhoodsENVR1.075,00079,999
    Glen DenhamHead of Service - Quality Assurance Safeguarding & Principal Social WorkerESCS1.070,00074,999
    Kim SawyerHead of Legal ServicesCORP1.070,00074,999
    1 0.Annette JoyceHead of Commercial OperationsENVR1.058,20064,999
    Diane BakerHead of GovernanceCORP1.058,20064,999
    11. Steve CrabtreeChief Internal AuditorCORP1.058,20064,999

    Below are Interim Chief Officers. The payments disclosed reflect the amounts paid to their employing companies, including fees, and do not necessarily reflect the amounts received by the individuals themselves. The payments relate to the financial year ending 31 March 2013.

    Paul TonksInterim Head of Business TransformationCORP106 days from 1 April 2012 to 8 February 201399,094
    Jean ImrayInterim Assistant Director - Safeguarding Families & ChildrenESCS59 days from 22 December 201244,822
    Paul GrubicInterim Assistant Director - Adult Social CareASOC96 days from 1 April 2012 to 6 September 201292,448
    Mike KealeyInterim Head of HRCORP24 days from 1 April 201211,210
    Lynn NeeleyInterim Head of HRCORP260 days from 1 April 201298,000
    Malcolm NewsamInterim Executive Director - Children's ServicesESCS176.5 days from 1 April to 21 December 2012161,453
    Paul StevensonInterim Head of Finance (Adult Social Care)ASOC221.5 days from 1 April 2012145,050
    Terry RichInterim Executive Director - Adult Social CareASOC204 days from 1 April 2012203,746

    Disclosure of other senior employee salaries not included above. Senior employees as defined by the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency - paragraph 12.

    Gary PerkinsHead of School ImprovementESCS1.080,00084,999
    Janet DullaghanHead of Commissioning (Children's Health and Wellbeing)ESCS1.070,00074,999
    12. Lou WilliamsHead of Commissioning, Policy & StrategyESCS1.070,00074,999
    Allison SunleyHead of Commissioning Targeted and Preventative ServicesESCS1.070,00074,999
    Darryl FreemanHead of Service - R&A and Family SupportESCS1.065,00069,999
    13.Nick HutchinsHead of Finance (SR, CE & OPS)CORP1.065,00069,999
    Claire GeorgeHead of Pupil Referral ServiceESCS1.065,00069,999
    Jenny GoodesHead of Service - LAC and DisabilitiesESCS1.058,20064,999
    14.Richard HodgsonHead of Strategic ProjectsPLAN1.058,20064,999
    Lesley KellySenior School Improvement Advisor (Primary)ESCS1.058,20064,999
    Malcolm MasseySenior School Improvement Advisor (Primary)ESCS0.558,200 (actual cost to PCC £30,000)64,999 (actual cost to PCC £34,999)
    Nick BeechSenior School Improvement Advisor (Primary)ESCS1.058,20064,999
    15. Jo CottellService Manager - Workforce DevelopmentESCS1.058,20064,999
    Iain EastonHead of Service - YOS and Leaving CareCORP1.058,20064,999
    Peter GellStrategic Regulatory Services ManagerENVR1.058,20064,999
    Kirsty NuttonFinancial Services Manager - Corporate AccountingCORP1.058,20064,999
    16. Vicki PalazonFinancial Services Manager - Budgetary Control and Financial PlanningCORP1.058,20064,999
    17. Andy TattGroup Manager - Transport & EngineeringENVR1.058,20064,999
    Updated 1 July 2013




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