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County council reduces number of top-earning staff
2:30pm Monday 9th July 2012 in Politics news
LANCASHIRE County Council has reduced the number of staff earning £50,000 or more by 29 per cent in the past two years.
It has meant annual savings of more than £8million a year on salaries although it contributed to redundancy payments last year of more than £16 million.
These reductions are part of plans to save £205m from the county council's annual budget by 2013/14.
The reductions have been achieved by restructuring the council and offering voluntary redundancy.
In 2010/2011 the county council had 325 officers and executive managers on more than £50,000 including eight on more than £100,000 – excluding then chief executive Ged Fitzgerald, who earned £194,000 a year.
By March 31 this year that had been reduced by almost a third through shedding 95 high paid posts leaving 230 senior staff on more than £50,000 and just two on more than £100,000 – excluding new chief executive Phil Halsall, also on £194,000.
The other two top earners paid by the county are Lancashire coroner James Adeley, who is on more than £145,000 and whose salary is set nationally, and County Council Network co-ordinator Caroline Cunningham whose salary is paid by the Local Government Association.
The authority says it will have spent £150m less over three years.
County leader Geoff Driver said: “We have to save £205m from our annual budget by 2013/14 and one of our first priorities has been to achieve efficiencies in the way the council is managed, including a significant reduction in the number of senior managers.
“Through restructuring management we have reduced the number of officers who earn over £50,000 by nearly 30 per cent, without compulsory redundancies.”
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