I was very much impressed to read this morning that Eric Pickles, Conservative Communities Secretary, wants to give Councils the vote on pay of Executives.
43% of councils pay their Council Chiefs over £150.000 per year. Whilst we constantly hear the whining over cuts and a fear for frontline services, we hardly hear that Council Chiefs get any pay cuts to protect frontline services.
This is now going to change. Any council wanting to pay their Chiefs in excess of £100.000 per year will have to seek approval of Councillors to do so. That is a brilliant scheme and will help to protect frontline services and prevent the creaming off of funds from the top management.