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York's new education chief to get £115,000
8:16am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
YORK’S new education chief will be paid £115,000 a year after a special salary rate was approved.
City of York Council said the rate for its director of education, skills and children’s services is needed to attract top candidates for the soon-to-be vacant post, as the authority has low chief-officer pay rates and is surrounded by better-paying councils.
Opposition councillors said they agreed with the appointment but raising the salary sent the wrong message to the public and council staff, and directors’ salaries, with a standard top rate of £102,766, were already high.
Interim director Kevin Hall leaves at the end of the year.
Coun Dafydd Williams, cabinet member for finance and performance, said the pay increase was “not an easy issue and does not sit comfortably with everybody”, but standard salaries caused difficulties keeping and attracting “high-quality” senior officers.
Conservative leader Coun Ian Gillies said the supplement was “the wrong thing to do and to be seen to do”. Liberal Democrat leader Coun Keith Aspden said it was “inappropriate” and more performance-related pay should be considered instead.
Chief executive Kersten England described Mr Hall as “an exceptional leader” in children’s services for 11 years. “We are looking to fill this important statutory role promptly to minimise any impact on the service.”
“Coun Williams said the cost of the supplement will be met through a senior management review and it will not affect the budget for frontline children’s services.”
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