Bradford Council is bucking falling trend of high earners, says taxpayers' watchdog

Bradford Council chief executive Tony Reeves

Bradford Council chief executive Tony Reeves

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JUST how much the new boss of Bradford Council will get in his or her wage packet is still up for discussion, according to Bradford Council leader David Green.

The salary for who ever takes over from current chief executive Tony Reeves, who is on a salary of £204,000, will have to be talked about cross-party first, he said.

Cllr Green, who also heads the Labour group, was reacting to the Taxpayers' Alliance latest Town Hall Rich List which showed the Council had nine employees earning more than £100,000 a year and was going against a national fall across the UK where high earners were being reduced.

The list showed despite the general cuts crisis, the number of its top paid staff had gone up from eight in 2011/12 to nine in 2012/13.

But Cllr Green defended that rise saying he believed the extra job was the Director of Public Health after the department crossed over from the now defunct Primary Care Trusts to becoming the responsibility of the Council.

He said: "We are continually looking at management costs. All posts over £100,000 have to be reported to full council every year. We have not had any new employees over that time but the increase may well be down to the Director of Public Health who came over to the authority's responsibility from the PCTs and brought her own budget with her."

He added: "The people on these big salaries by and large are likely to be strategic directors and clearly there are significant responsibilities that go with these positions both policy and legal and we have to reflect the demand for those skills. However, there has been a significant reduction in those high-earning jobs over the past four or five years."

A spokesman for the Taxpayers' Alliance said: "Even if the new role is from public health and has crossed over with its own budget, Bradford's figure of earners on more than £100,000 has not fallen and has not followed the national trend we are seeing."

The 2012/13 Town Hall Rich List identified at least 2,181 UK council staff who received total remuneration in excess of the six-figure mark, a five per cent drop on the previous year's figure of 2,295 although Bradford was one of 93 councils whose figure went up.

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the Alliance, said: "Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.

"Many rank-and-file staff in local councils will be equally appalled - at a time when councils across the country are freezing pay, it appears the money they're saving is being used to line the pockets of town hall tycoons."

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, a former leader of Bradford Council, said: "This Government has taken steps to open up the secret pay deals struck behind closed doors and given elected councillors new powers to veto excessive pay and perks. But councillors now need to use these powers and stand up for local taxpayers."

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3:05am Tue 5 Aug 14

dellorri says...

Isn't it about time that the council led by example, and showed the same restraint in their executives salary, that they expect their frontline staff to abide by. Surely the salary that was being earned by Tony Reeves must be seen as an obscene amount, considering how little actual effect he had on the well-being of the city and non-noticeable regeneration that supposedly took place during his tenure. If he must be replaced, then let his replacement be paid half the salary on commencement of the post, subject to satisfactory proceedings within his work environs, let's say, after a year. Then he may like ALL other council staff be eligible for a !% pay rise.
Isn't it about time that the council led by example, and showed the same restraint in their executives salary, that they expect their frontline staff to abide by. Surely the salary that was being earned by Tony Reeves must be seen as an obscene amount, considering how little actual effect he had on the well-being of the city and non-noticeable regeneration that supposedly took place during his tenure. If he must be replaced, then let his replacement be paid half the salary on commencement of the post, subject to satisfactory proceedings within his work environs, let's say, after a year. Then he may like ALL other council staff be eligible for a !% pay rise. dellorri
  • Score: 22

5:33am Tue 5 Aug 14

ConcernedOne says...

Snouts in the trough...
Snouts in the trough... ConcernedOne
  • Score: 15

6:20am Tue 5 Aug 14

micela22 says...

performance related pay: if they don`t perform, they don`t get paid., offer an average salary in line with Bradford Council Tax Payers average earnings- it`s where their wage comes from
performance related pay: if they don`t perform, they don`t get paid., offer an average salary in line with Bradford Council Tax Payers average earnings- it`s where their wage comes from micela22
  • Score: 13

6:36am Tue 5 Aug 14

Victor Clayton says...

"Significant responsibilities" is that true? If they do a poor job what are the consequences?
"Significant responsibilities" is that true? If they do a poor job what are the consequences? Victor Clayton
  • Score: 16

6:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

Albion. says...

It would seem pointless to employ quality people to try to run a rapidly declining third world ghetto ... .. Back to the brown envelope.
It would seem pointless to employ quality people to try to run a rapidly declining third world ghetto ... .. Back to the brown envelope. Albion.
  • Score: 13

7:26am Tue 5 Aug 14

Idle HG says...

£204,000 salary!

That could provide 20+ frontline cleansing staff, road sweepers, gardeners and the likes.

They would have a greater impact on the city than an over paid self-centered journey man.
£204,000 salary! That could provide 20+ frontline cleansing staff, road sweepers, gardeners and the likes. They would have a greater impact on the city than an over paid self-centered journey man. Idle HG
  • Score: 19

8:12am Tue 5 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Why do we need the post at all the last one did nothing for their money.
Why do we need the post at all the last one did nothing for their money. llos25
  • Score: 16

8:28am Tue 5 Aug 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

£204k, thats a rise on what it used to be. Why has Tony Reeves got a payrise when the vast majority have had their pay frozen for sometime.
Why is Cllr Green defending an extra £100k+ job compared to before.
What a joke.
£204k, thats a rise on what it used to be. Why has Tony Reeves got a payrise when the vast majority have had their pay frozen for sometime. Why is Cllr Green defending an extra £100k+ job compared to before. What a joke. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 21

8:40am Tue 5 Aug 14

BertSanders says...

In my experience letters to the last Chief Executive - after other channels had been exhausted still did not get answered. The City Hall should serve the people better than it does - the exevcutive is getting the rate for the job
and I wonder if the post is really necessary.
In my experience letters to the last Chief Executive - after other channels had been exhausted still did not get answered. The City Hall should serve the people better than it does - the exevcutive is getting the rate for the job and I wonder if the post is really necessary. BertSanders
  • Score: 19

8:41am Tue 5 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
£204k, thats a rise on what it used to be. Why has Tony Reeves got a payrise when the vast majority have had their pay frozen for sometime.
Why is Cllr Green defending an extra £100k+ job compared to before.
What a joke.
Because the labour party stopped being for the working man a long time ago. They are conservatives that wear a red tie. People wake up, no politician will work for the people they are to busy feathering their own nests.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: £204k, thats a rise on what it used to be. Why has Tony Reeves got a payrise when the vast majority have had their pay frozen for sometime. Why is Cllr Green defending an extra £100k+ job compared to before. What a joke.[/p][/quote]Because the labour party stopped being for the working man a long time ago. They are conservatives that wear a red tie. People wake up, no politician will work for the people they are to busy feathering their own nests. OLDLAD
  • Score: 18

8:49am Tue 5 Aug 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Only a matter of time before Cllr Green gives someone a £100k job on the council as Gaza executive.
Rolls include flying the flag, organising boycotts of major stores, stopping cars at traffic lights for donations and alienating jewish people of Bradford whom this conflict has nothing to do with.
Only a matter of time before Cllr Green gives someone a £100k job on the council as Gaza executive. Rolls include flying the flag, organising boycotts of major stores, stopping cars at traffic lights for donations and alienating jewish people of Bradford whom this conflict has nothing to do with. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 19

8:57am Tue 5 Aug 14

mad matt says...

I would like to know how the council justifies the fact that their boss is paid almost twice the salary given to the prime minister - it's absolutely DISGUSTING !
I would like to know how the council justifies the fact that their boss is paid almost twice the salary given to the prime minister - it's absolutely DISGUSTING ! mad matt
  • Score: 23

9:26am Tue 5 Aug 14

alive and awake says...

Utter disgrace! Bradford is special needs, ask for help now! get rid of this lot now!
Utter disgrace! Bradford is special needs, ask for help now! get rid of this lot now! alive and awake
  • Score: 18

9:36am Tue 5 Aug 14

sorrow&anger says...

The salary is a total and unjustifiable disgrace. Agreed. But it's also an uncomfortable fact that local government officers can only perform as well as their respective portfolio holders will let them. How can Reeves, or anybody else for that matter, be expected to do a good job when their directions come from the likes of Green, Hinchcliffe, Thornton, and Slater?

Council policy is a mass of contradictions lacking either a sense of the past or a vision of the future. Policies are routinely distorted by special pleading, knee jerk reactions, and Councillors' pet projects (= nest feathering).
The salary is a total and unjustifiable disgrace. Agreed. But it's also an uncomfortable fact that local government officers can only perform as well as their respective portfolio holders will let them. How can Reeves, or anybody else for that matter, be expected to do a good job when their directions come from the likes of Green, Hinchcliffe, Thornton, and Slater? Council policy is a mass of contradictions lacking either a sense of the past or a vision of the future. Policies are routinely distorted by special pleading, knee jerk reactions, and Councillors' pet projects (= nest feathering). sorrow&anger
  • Score: 22

9:54am Tue 5 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

I wouldn't mind the salary if I thought they would actually be able to regenerate the city thus adding to the cities economy but they haven't the foggiest what to do with Bradford. I highly doubt anyone has really as it really is beyond repair
I wouldn't mind the salary if I thought they would actually be able to regenerate the city thus adding to the cities economy but they haven't the foggiest what to do with Bradford. I highly doubt anyone has really as it really is beyond repair BCFC1911
  • Score: 18

10:13am Tue 5 Aug 14

pudseykid says...

Thankfully I no longer live in the BD postal district. This is clearly a council who do what they think and "sod everyone else". Was the decision to put the palestian flag up YOURS or theirs? A council thats prepared to support terrorism isnt interested in its people. This man will take the money and "run" he wont make a valuable contribution and he wont improve the quality of life in and around the BD area (in my view). WIll he help those in need? No. The salary will allow him to holiday in the best places, allow him to eat in the best places and live in the best part of town. How many will lose their jobs to pay for this remains to be seen. SO the simple answer: VOTE your councillors OUT at the next election and vote the decent people, THOSE WHO CARE in...
Thankfully I no longer live in the BD postal district. This is clearly a council who do what they think and "sod everyone else". Was the decision to put the palestian flag up YOURS or theirs? A council thats prepared to support terrorism isnt interested in its people. This man will take the money and "run" he wont make a valuable contribution and he wont improve the quality of life in and around the BD area (in my view). WIll he help those in need? No. The salary will allow him to holiday in the best places, allow him to eat in the best places and live in the best part of town. How many will lose their jobs to pay for this remains to be seen. SO the simple answer: VOTE your councillors OUT at the next election and vote the decent people, THOSE WHO CARE in... pudseykid
  • Score: 14

12:50pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BierleyBoy says...

Green describes himself as a socialist. here he is defending massive salaries. He refuses to consider cutting the political establishment back. He refuses to consider cutting the funding of trade union posts.

Always goo at spending other people's money & never seeks to get best value for it.

The man is a stain on the city & is dragging it into the gutter.
Green describes himself as a socialist. here he is defending massive salaries. He refuses to consider cutting the political establishment back. He refuses to consider cutting the funding of trade union posts. Always goo at spending other people's money & never seeks to get best value for it. The man is a stain on the city & is dragging it into the gutter. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 10

2:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

tinytoonster says...

pudseykid wrote:
Thankfully I no longer live in the BD postal district. This is clearly a council who do what they think and "sod everyone else". Was the decision to put the palestian flag up YOURS or theirs? A council thats prepared to support terrorism isnt interested in its people. This man will take the money and "run" he wont make a valuable contribution and he wont improve the quality of life in and around the BD area (in my view). WIll he help those in need? No. The salary will allow him to holiday in the best places, allow him to eat in the best places and live in the best part of town. How many will lose their jobs to pay for this remains to be seen. SO the simple answer: VOTE your councillors OUT at the next election and vote the decent people, THOSE WHO CARE in...
won't happen, they look after the scroungers so they won't upset the status quo.
this council screws us workers and looks after those who pay nothing in.
[quote][p][bold]pudseykid[/bold] wrote: Thankfully I no longer live in the BD postal district. This is clearly a council who do what they think and "sod everyone else". Was the decision to put the palestian flag up YOURS or theirs? A council thats prepared to support terrorism isnt interested in its people. This man will take the money and "run" he wont make a valuable contribution and he wont improve the quality of life in and around the BD area (in my view). WIll he help those in need? No. The salary will allow him to holiday in the best places, allow him to eat in the best places and live in the best part of town. How many will lose their jobs to pay for this remains to be seen. SO the simple answer: VOTE your councillors OUT at the next election and vote the decent people, THOSE WHO CARE in...[/p][/quote]won't happen, they look after the scroungers so they won't upset the status quo. this council screws us workers and looks after those who pay nothing in. tinytoonster
  • Score: 7

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