A COUNCIL chief executive’s pay has rocketed 25 per cent in two years while its lowest paid workers have been offered two per cent, prompting calls for more scrutiny on top public sector pay.
The head of Hambleton District Council, Phillip Morton, was taken on in 2012 at £100,000 and is now earning £125,000 after management restructuring.
Previously the North Yorkshire authority had shared the chief executive role and senior management team with neighbouring Richmondshire District Council under its money-saving, shared services agreement.
But when the shared chief executive left, the two councils re-established their own management teams.
Although Mr Morton’s salary is amongst the lowest for chief executives in the North-East and North Yorkshire, the timing of the rise has been criticised, with many tax payers struggle to afford essentials with the cost of living crisis.
Hambleton District Councillor, Ken Billings, who this week tried to raise the issue of the £25,000 pay rise, had his attempts stifled when he tried to speak up about it in a public meeting. He said later: “There’s no justification for this.”