County Council attacks 25% pay hike plan for group's boss
leader of Somerset County Council has criticised a proposed pay
rise of more than 25 per cent for the head of a government-backed
regional business partnership.
Somerset County Council will be voting against the pay rise for
the Chief Executive Officer of the Heart of the South West Local
Enterprise Partnership, which is tasked with bringing prosperity
to the region.
The vote at the partnerships board meeting on Tuesday 17th
January will be on whether to increase the CEOs pay package
increase from £90,729 to £115,000.
Somerset anticipates that the Devon County Council representative
at the meeting will take the same stance.
Somerset County Council Leader John Osman said his vote was not
personal but was on principle.
"As a local authority subject to significant government cuts,
I cannot support a pay rise of 25 per cent for any high level official,"
"It is clear the CEO does a good job and the LEP has brought
many millions of pounds into the Somerset economy. But there has
to be recognition of the tight financial times in which we live."
"I disagree with the proposals put forward by the board and
have made my views very plain."