City of York Council Chief executive Kersten England turns down performance pay rise

York Press: Kersten England Kersten England

THE chief executive of City of York Council has turned down a pay rise because of the “austere financial climate” facing the authority.

Kersten England confirmed she would not be accepting a performance-related incremental pay increase in a letter to council leader James Alexander.

She is entitled to an annual rise provided her performance is deemed satisfactory, but has not taken it in recent years. The council’s budget for 2014/15 and 2015/16, agreed last month, outlined a need to make £23.3 million of cuts and savings

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12:12pm Sat 15 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Overpaid as it is.
Overpaid as it is. ian923
  • Score: -62

12:46pm Sat 15 Mar 14

oi oi savaloy says...

ian923 wrote:
Overpaid as it is.
you forgot to put 'obscenely' before overpaid ....
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Overpaid as it is.[/p][/quote]you forgot to put 'obscenely' before overpaid .... oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -46

1:29pm Sat 15 Mar 14

marvell says...

It's easy to turn down a pay rise when you're on £150,000 !!!!!
It's easy to turn down a pay rise when you're on £150,000 !!!!! marvell
  • Score: -28

1:44pm Sat 15 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Well I.m sure the extra pay rise will now be spent on diesel for the york city council van at barmby ont marsh..christ how much is that costing the taxpayers ????
Well I.m sure the extra pay rise will now be spent on diesel for the york city council van at barmby ont marsh..christ how much is that costing the taxpayers ???? piaggio1
  • Score: -11

2:19pm Sat 15 Mar 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Well at least you have to say that it is more than our bankers are doing.

And don't give me a load of thumbs up score adjuster!!
Well at least you have to say that it is more than our bankers are doing. And don't give me a load of thumbs up score adjuster!! strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -48

2:53pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

If anything she should be taking a cut in salary.

There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.
If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -65

3:12pm Sat 15 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Interesting that this press release was made on a Saturday when the number of views will be lower than a weekday.

Also ranked low down in the story list (odd for a contentious issue).

Maybe it's a deliberate strategy, but a significant one that indicates the council is weak and lacks confidence in the receiptivness of it's communications with the electorate.

Might be seeing more press releases at weekends then.
Interesting that this press release was made on a Saturday when the number of views will be lower than a weekday. Also ranked low down in the story list (odd for a contentious issue). Maybe it's a deliberate strategy, but a significant one that indicates the council is weak and lacks confidence in the receiptivness of it's communications with the electorate. Might be seeing more press releases at weekends then. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -50

3:39pm Sat 15 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

25 minute -57, how stupid you look and how desperate you must be.
25 minute -57, how stupid you look and how desperate you must be. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -183

4:39pm Sat 15 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Wh ay.16.35. And only -10
Best one up to now..-181
I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.
Wh ay.16.35. And only -10 Best one up to now..-181 I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll. piaggio1
  • Score: -26

9:58am Sun 16 Mar 14

oldgoat says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Wh ay.16.35. And only -10
Best one up to now..-181
I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.
They've wrecked the voting system, but by accident, its a fun side show as to who will be first to -10000....
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Wh ay.16.35. And only -10 Best one up to now..-181 I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.[/p][/quote]They've wrecked the voting system, but by accident, its a fun side show as to who will be first to -10000.... oldgoat
  • Score: 1

11:00am Sun 16 Mar 14

oi oi savaloy says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Wh ay.16.35. And only -10
Best one up to now..-181
I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.
i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done)
you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!!
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Wh ay.16.35. And only -10 Best one up to now..-181 I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.[/p][/quote]i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done) you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -51

4:41pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 39

4:51pm Sun 16 Mar 14

bloodaxe says...

Well given that York's economic performance is in the European top ten for small cities and that York is rated as one of the most bouyant retail cities, I suppose that she must be doing something right. If one disagrees with this, then the opposite cause-and-effect rule must apply, namely that any problems in the city are not attributable to her or the council.
Well given that York's economic performance is in the European top ten for small cities and that York is rated as one of the most bouyant retail cities, I suppose that she must be doing something right. If one disagrees with this, then the opposite cause-and-effect rule must apply, namely that any problems in the city are not attributable to her or the council. bloodaxe
  • Score: 41

5:01pm Sun 16 Mar 14

bloodaxe says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
piaggio1 wrote:
Wh ay.16.35. And only -10
Best one up to now..-181
I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.
i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done)
you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!!
Well my old sausage, you might also think that someone making comments on this site would feel obliged to enhance their credibility by using capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names; to employ apostrophes for possessives and not use a comma before a conjunction. I voted you down and I'm not on the council.
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Wh ay.16.35. And only -10 Best one up to now..-181 I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.[/p][/quote]i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done) you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!![/p][/quote]Well my old sausage, you might also think that someone making comments on this site would feel obliged to enhance their credibility by using capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names; to employ apostrophes for possessives and not use a comma before a conjunction. I voted you down and I'm not on the council. bloodaxe
  • Score: 26

9:54pm Sun 16 Mar 14

oi oi savaloy says...

bloodaxe wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
piaggio1 wrote:
Wh ay.16.35. And only -10
Best one up to now..-181
I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.
i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done)
you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!!
Well my old sausage, you might also think that someone making comments on this site would feel obliged to enhance their credibility by using capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names; to employ apostrophes for possessives and not use a comma before a conjunction. I voted you down and I'm not on the council.
Don't actually believe you, me old sausage jockey you!
AND i really don't give two figs about your view OR the way you vote (up or down )... AND just to let you know, i didn't vote you up or down...
What i would do in your position matey boy is go outside and partake in getting a life, because it's clear to me you have not actually got one!

And IF you was not on the council i really don't think other comment's would upset you as much as they obviously do....
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Wh ay.16.35. And only -10 Best one up to now..-181 I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.[/p][/quote]i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done) you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!![/p][/quote]Well my old sausage, you might also think that someone making comments on this site would feel obliged to enhance their credibility by using capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names; to employ apostrophes for possessives and not use a comma before a conjunction. I voted you down and I'm not on the council.[/p][/quote]Don't actually believe you, me old sausage jockey you! AND i really don't give two figs about your view OR the way you vote (up or down )... AND just to let you know, i didn't vote you up or down... What i would do in your position matey boy is go outside and partake in getting a life, because it's clear to me you have not actually got one! And IF you was not on the council i really don't think other comment's would upset you as much as they obviously do.... oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -32

11:16pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
bloodaxe wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
piaggio1 wrote:
Wh ay.16.35. And only -10
Best one up to now..-181
I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.
i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done)
you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!!
Well my old sausage, you might also think that someone making comments on this site would feel obliged to enhance their credibility by using capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names; to employ apostrophes for possessives and not use a comma before a conjunction. I voted you down and I'm not on the council.
Don't actually believe you, me old sausage jockey you!
AND i really don't give two figs about your view OR the way you vote (up or down )... AND just to let you know, i didn't vote you up or down...
What i would do in your position matey boy is go outside and partake in getting a life, because it's clear to me you have not actually got one!

And IF you was not on the council i really don't think other comment's would upset you as much as they obviously do....
Haha, well said.....
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Wh ay.16.35. And only -10 Best one up to now..-181 I really do hope this person/s is not on CYC pay roll.[/p][/quote]i am surprised at james alexander or whoever it is doing the vote hacking (which by the way is fairly simple to do, you just need to use google chrome ,and if you go on youtube you can see how its done) you would think a true socialist would want to drive down this womans obscene wage packet!![/p][/quote]Well my old sausage, you might also think that someone making comments on this site would feel obliged to enhance their credibility by using capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names; to employ apostrophes for possessives and not use a comma before a conjunction. I voted you down and I'm not on the council.[/p][/quote]Don't actually believe you, me old sausage jockey you! AND i really don't give two figs about your view OR the way you vote (up or down )... AND just to let you know, i didn't vote you up or down... What i would do in your position matey boy is go outside and partake in getting a life, because it's clear to me you have not actually got one! And IF you was not on the council i really don't think other comment's would upset you as much as they obviously do....[/p][/quote]Haha, well said..... Oyy you
  • Score: -26

12:25am Mon 17 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.
Anyone have any comments on Kersten England's involvement with NESTA ?

York citizens may be interested in the background and political ideology of NESTA's chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan (co-founder of think-tank DEMOS, and author of books like 'The Other Invisible Hand: Remaking Charities for the 21st Century' and 'The Locust and the Bee')
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.[/p][/quote]Anyone have any comments on Kersten England's involvement with NESTA ? York citizens may be interested in the background and political ideology of NESTA's chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan (co-founder of think-tank DEMOS, and author of books like 'The Other Invisible Hand: Remaking Charities for the 21st Century' and 'The Locust and the Bee') Badgers Drift
  • Score: -120

7:12am Mon 17 Mar 14

roy_batty says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
Badgers Drift wrote:
If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.
Anyone have any comments on Kersten England's involvement with NESTA ?

York citizens may be interested in the background and political ideology of NESTA's chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan (co-founder of think-tank DEMOS, and author of books like 'The Other Invisible Hand: Remaking Charities for the 21st Century' and 'The Locust and the Bee')
All very highly paid from contributions i would guess?

Was the endowment from the Labour government public money?

Thank's fro the info btw, i had never heard of this society.
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.[/p][/quote]Anyone have any comments on Kersten England's involvement with NESTA ? York citizens may be interested in the background and political ideology of NESTA's chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan (co-founder of think-tank DEMOS, and author of books like 'The Other Invisible Hand: Remaking Charities for the 21st Century' and 'The Locust and the Bee')[/p][/quote]All very highly paid from contributions i would guess? Was the endowment from the Labour government public money? Thank's fro the info btw, i had never heard of this society. roy_batty
  • Score: -11

12:29pm Mon 17 Mar 14

meme says...

well its a fair gesture at least
well its a fair gesture at least meme
  • Score: -2

2:37pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

roy_batty wrote:
Badgers Drift wrote:
Badgers Drift wrote: If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.
Anyone have any comments on Kersten England's involvement with NESTA ? York citizens may be interested in the background and political ideology of NESTA's chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan (co-founder of think-tank DEMOS, and author of books like 'The Other Invisible Hand: Remaking Charities for the 21st Century' and 'The Locust and the Bee')
All very highly paid from contributions i would guess? Was the endowment from the Labour government public money? Thank's fro the info btw, i had never heard of this society.
Nesta was formed in 1998, and originally funded by a £250 million endowment from the UK National Lottery, They know have overall funds of £360m.

On 14 October 2010 the Government announced that it would transfer old NESTA's status from an executive non-departmental public body to a new charitable body.

On April 1, 2012 the old NESTA transitioned from being an executive to a charitable body, changing its name to Nesta, and dropping the long title

Chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan is/was? also chief executive of the Young Foundation as well as a founder of DEMOS. His links with a particular political ideology are irrefuteable.
[quote][p][bold]roy_batty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: If anything she should be taking a cut in salary. There is a clear conflict of interest with her being a trustee of dubious politicised charity NESTA. This involves her travelling to regular NESTA conferences and meetings all around the country. In October last year she was in Birmingham, in November she was in Cardiff and in January this year she was in London, all at NESTA events. No doubt she will claim that she was representing the Council at certain events, but, Council staff should be attending those events that are of specific interest, not the Chief Executive. It is clear that she does this for NESTA not COYC. This conflict of interest needs looking into.[/p][/quote]Anyone have any comments on Kersten England's involvement with NESTA ? York citizens may be interested in the background and political ideology of NESTA's chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan (co-founder of think-tank DEMOS, and author of books like 'The Other Invisible Hand: Remaking Charities for the 21st Century' and 'The Locust and the Bee')[/p][/quote]All very highly paid from contributions i would guess? Was the endowment from the Labour government public money? Thank's fro the info btw, i had never heard of this society.[/p][/quote]Nesta was formed in 1998, and originally funded by a £250 million endowment from the UK National Lottery, They know have overall funds of £360m. On 14 October 2010 the Government announced that it would transfer old NESTA's status from an executive non-departmental public body to a new charitable body. On April 1, 2012 the old NESTA transitioned from being an executive to a charitable body, changing its name to Nesta, and dropping the long title Chief Executive, Geoff Mulgan is/was? also chief executive of the Young Foundation as well as a founder of DEMOS. His links with a particular political ideology are irrefuteable. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -23

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