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Lancashire councils reject curb on salaries
10:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
COUNCIL bosses have rejected a call to curb the pay of senior staff after the Taxpayers Alliance said more than 28,000 nationwide were receiving at least £50,000 a year.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough has 17 posts attracting a salary of more than £70,000 a year.
Rossendale has five on £50,000 plus, Ribble Valley three, Burnley seven, Chorley three, Pendle seven, and Hyndburn three.
Lancashire County Council employs 236 staff on salaries in excess of £50,000.
Pendle chief executive Stephen Barnes said: “The council has worked hard at reducing management and administrative costs. Overall staffing costs have been reduced by 27per cent over the last three years.”
Ribble Valley deputy leader Coun Stuart Thirst: “The salaries we pay our senior officers are modest in relation to neighbouring authorities. We believe we get excellent value from all our senior officers and staff.”
County leader Geoff Driver said: “It’s important we have effective management but we’ve changed the staffing structure to reduce the cost of all of the council’s support services in order to protect the frontline services that matter most to people.”
A Burnley council spokesman said: “All senior staff pay is independently evaluated and is comparable to other similar-sized organisations.”