Council temerity

Council temerity

Council temerity

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I READ with interest that a council officer is to be paid almost £3,000 per week. Clearly this is well above the national minimum wage rate of £6.31 per hour.

I am pleased that the council does at least satisfy this aspect of the employment regulations and expect that expenses and pension benefits have been similarly satisfactorily covered.

I find it difficult to believe it can be considered good value for money to add on to an inflated council pay bill of £141,000 per year for the Director of Public Health and Chief Executive of £137,000 per year, to name but a few of these high earners, a further £156,000 per year for a council officer to see through a controversial plan through the planning stage.

The council is supposedly on a tight budget and there is high unemployment in the city, people in poverty, cut-backs in welfare benefits and food banks. The temerity of the Council to offer this pay rate is an affront to common sense and hard-pressed council taxpayers of a city where the average annual salary is less than £30,000.

Who ever authorised this should really take a second look and perhaps consider what happened to Louis XV1, the populace I declare is not prepared to “eat cake”

Keith Wareham, Linton Road, Nether Poppleton, York.

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1:54pm Sat 21 Jun 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

What is the point of a living wage of around sixty quid a day (Before tax) if the Council are paying nearly a dozen times over that rate.
I'd feel better value for money by employing a team of capable local people on the 'living wage' than one outsider taking the lot.
Perhaps the Council don't think people are capable who are earning their living wage. Or, on the other hand, perhaps these faceless decision makers are not capable of understanding economic reality and the notion of value for money.
If the Council thought they would make up the Lendal Bridge scam revenue to pay for this by having their roving traffic enforcement car patrol the Streets, they need to think again. Bus lanes and outside schools from now on!. Expect the Council Tax going up again next Spring.
What is the point of a living wage of around sixty quid a day (Before tax) if the Council are paying nearly a dozen times over that rate. I'd feel better value for money by employing a team of capable local people on the 'living wage' than one outsider taking the lot. Perhaps the Council don't think people are capable who are earning their living wage. Or, on the other hand, perhaps these faceless decision makers are not capable of understanding economic reality and the notion of value for money. If the Council thought they would make up the Lendal Bridge scam revenue to pay for this by having their roving traffic enforcement car patrol the Streets, they need to think again. Bus lanes and outside schools from now on!. Expect the Council Tax going up again next Spring. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -19

8:54pm Sat 21 Jun 14

jay, york says...

ColdAsChristmas says "If the Council thought they would make up the Lendal Bridge scam revenue to pay for this by having their roving traffic enforcement car patrol the Streets, they need to think again. Bus lanes and outside schools from now on!. Expect the Council Tax going up again next Spring."

Yes this was one of the top news items today - Government spokesman described these spy cars as "local council cash cows" and that they are "unfair to motorists". Bet this went down well with little jimmy and his puppets!
ColdAsChristmas says "If the Council thought they would make up the Lendal Bridge scam revenue to pay for this by having their roving traffic enforcement car patrol the Streets, they need to think again. Bus lanes and outside schools from now on!. Expect the Council Tax going up again next Spring." Yes this was one of the top news items today - Government spokesman described these spy cars as "local council cash cows" and that they are "unfair to motorists". Bet this went down well with little jimmy and his puppets! jay, york
  • Score: -9

11:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

inthesticks says...

The council indirectly employs hundreds of staff on less than living wage.
The majority of those are staff that are working for care agencies and the charges to the council can be seen on the COYC website; published every month under payments. Hundreds of them, thousands and thousands of pounds every month to workers in our city, earning minimum wage and just above, indirectly employed by the council. Google each company`s job page and see what they pay. It`s grim, no wonder the housing benefit and tax credit bill is so high. Private companies who should be ashamed, some of them with charity status too.
COYC did state some time ago that they would be looking to employ contractors who only paid living wage but they havn`t done so.
The council indirectly employs hundreds of staff on less than living wage. The majority of those are staff that are working for care agencies and the charges to the council can be seen on the COYC website; published every month under payments. Hundreds of them, thousands and thousands of pounds every month to workers in our city, earning minimum wage and just above, indirectly employed by the council. Google each company`s job page and see what they pay. It`s grim, no wonder the housing benefit and tax credit bill is so high. Private companies who should be ashamed, some of them with charity status too. COYC did state some time ago that they would be looking to employ contractors who only paid living wage but they havn`t done so. inthesticks
  • Score: -9

9:41am Tue 24 Jun 14

Dr Robert says...

Yet another Champagne socialist joins the party at York Council, unelected in this case.
Yet another Champagne socialist joins the party at York Council, unelected in this case. Dr Robert
  • Score: -15

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