North-East councils cut £16m from managerial wage bill

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NORTH-East councils cut nearly £16m from their management wage bills last year, new figures suggest.

Figures collected by the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TA) campaign show North-East councils spent £15.9m less paying staff earning more than £50,000-a-year in 2011-12 than they had in 2010-11.

The number of staff earning such salaries dropped by 272, to 1,204.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, the total cost was £110m, down £25.4m; and the staff number was 1,688, down 387.

Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Stockton, North Yorkshire and Sunderland councils all cut staff and spending.

Newcastle saw the third biggest fall in the country, with 152 fewer staff earning more than £50,000.

However, the number at Middlesbrough council rose by seven to 70 and spending on them rose by £245,000 to nearly £4.6m.

A Middlesbrough council spokesman said this included some regradings and incremental increases, the corporate management team had been cut by a quarter and further work was being undertaken to streamline management.

There were also increases at Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland and Harrogate.

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Nationally, 28,754 council staff were paid more than £50,000, costing taxpayers £1.9 billion.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TA, said: “Taxpayers are still paying too much for bloated bureaucracies that have been established in too many town halls over the last decade.”

However, the bill was 12.5 per cent down on the year before.

A Local Government Association spokesman said this was good news for council tax payers.

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11:42am Wed 20 Feb 13

jsrace says...

If Dick Turpin stated that He had robbed less People last year and intended to keep cutting back on highway robberies, would he have been pardoned?
If Dick Turpin stated that He had robbed less People last year and intended to keep cutting back on highway robberies, would he have been pardoned? jsrace
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1:39pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

Not a big cut over the whole of the North East
Not a big cut over the whole of the North East Homshaw1
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3:37pm Wed 20 Feb 13

johnny_p says...

Unbelievable. I didn't realise the Gravy Train had so many people on board- especially in First Class.
Unbelievable. I didn't realise the Gravy Train had so many people on board- especially in First Class. johnny_p
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6:38pm Wed 20 Feb 13

the-big-yin says...

Try asking Durham council what they pay and you never get a straight and truthful answer. They all ride the gravy train there.
Try asking Durham council what they pay and you never get a straight and truthful answer. They all ride the gravy train there. the-big-yin
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10:00pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Mr M says...

So that's £16m not being spent in the local economy.
So that's £16m not being spent in the local economy. Mr M
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10:49pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

Mr M wrote:
So that's £16m not being spent in the local economy.
We have reached a situation where an unreasonable amount of taxes are being levied and squandered by councils and governments. If they had been controlled properly in the past the spending power would be with individuals and we would not be in.this.mess Are you suggesting we should raise taxes and rates and maintain.council spending levels?
[quote][p][bold]Mr M[/bold] wrote: So that's £16m not being spent in the local economy.[/p][/quote]We have reached a situation where an unreasonable amount of taxes are being levied and squandered by councils and governments. If they had been controlled properly in the past the spending power would be with individuals and we would not be in.this.mess Are you suggesting we should raise taxes and rates and maintain.council spending levels? Homshaw1
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