Pay cuts ruled out by council leader

Pay cuts ruled out by council leader

Pay cuts ruled out by council leader

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A PAY cut for top earners has been ruled out by the leader of the county council, despite the pressing and ongoing need to make savings.

A drop in salaries for any staff, including the 19 highest paid officers whose combined income is nearly £2m per year, is not the right move, Cllr Martin Tett says.

Instead, salaries have been frozen for the past three years and contracts negotiated to remove automatic pay rises.

Major savings have had to be made at County Hall, with £68 million made in the last three years. Another £40m is being cut in the next few years.

But Cllr Tett, Conservative, said further savings will not come from the top earners, whose salaries range from £65,000 to £207,000, or indeed, staff generally.

He told the BFP: “I don't think we need pay cuts. If you're talking in terms of cash terms pay cuts I don't think that is the right approach but by introducing contribution-based pay, people get pay rises based on the individual performance.

"That is introducing the right incentive which then increases the overall performance on behalf of ratepayers in the county.”

A Contribution Based Pay system, opted in to by 90 per cent of staff, will begin in April, but is a measure designed to improve performance, not make savings, the council said. It said the new system is fairer to workers and rewards them for delivering services to Buckinghamshire residents.

A total of £1.7m has been saved, however, by reviewing staff terms and conditions closing a lease car scheme, charging for staff car parking at County Hall, and by removing medical insurance and health checks for staff.

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3:21pm Wed 27 Feb 13

miccles says...

Now you sorted that out Tett, what about doing something about the county's disgusting roads???
Now you sorted that out Tett, what about doing something about the county's disgusting roads??? miccles
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3:32pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Dr Truth says...

Whilst I too am not impressed by the performance of BCC this is essentially a quote that says "there will be no pay cuts" being spun by the BFP into a non-existent top earners issue that is guaranteed to get people's backs up.
Whilst I too am not impressed by the performance of BCC this is essentially a quote that says "there will be no pay cuts" being spun by the BFP into a non-existent top earners issue that is guaranteed to get people's backs up. Dr Truth
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6:58pm Wed 27 Feb 13

trickerg says...

So........ charging members of staff for daily car parking isn't seen as a reduction in their salaries by Councillor Tett? I'll bet he doesn't have to pay for his parking space....

One rule for them......
So........ charging members of staff for daily car parking isn't seen as a reduction in their salaries by Councillor Tett? I'll bet he doesn't have to pay for his parking space.... One rule for them...... trickerg
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8:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13

gotanybiscuits? says...

Dr Truth wrote:
Whilst I too am not impressed by the performance of BCC this is essentially a quote that says "there will be no pay cuts" being spun by the BFP into a non-existent top earners issue that is guaranteed to get people's backs up.
Yes.
But that photo needs a large audience, doesn't it.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Truth[/bold] wrote: Whilst I too am not impressed by the performance of BCC this is essentially a quote that says "there will be no pay cuts" being spun by the BFP into a non-existent top earners issue that is guaranteed to get people's backs up.[/p][/quote]Yes. But that photo needs a large audience, doesn't it. gotanybiscuits?
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12:50pm Thu 28 Feb 13

gpn01 says...

"contracts negotiated to remove automatic pay rises".....How come they had automatic pay rises in their contracts in the first place?
"contracts negotiated to remove automatic pay rises".....How come they had automatic pay rises in their contracts in the first place? gpn01
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5:58pm Thu 28 Feb 13

motco says...

trickerg wrote:
So........ charging members of staff for daily car parking isn't seen as a reduction in their salaries by Councillor Tett? I'll bet he doesn't have to pay for his parking space....

One rule for them......
Absolutely! Brilliant choice of photograph!
[quote][p][bold]trickerg[/bold] wrote: So........ charging members of staff for daily car parking isn't seen as a reduction in their salaries by Councillor Tett? I'll bet he doesn't have to pay for his parking space.... One rule for them......[/p][/quote]Absolutely! Brilliant choice of photograph! motco
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7:55pm Thu 28 Feb 13

washondo says...

motco wrote:
trickerg wrote:
So........ charging members of staff for daily car parking isn't seen as a reduction in their salaries by Councillor Tett? I'll bet he doesn't have to pay for his parking space....

One rule for them......
Absolutely! Brilliant choice of photograph!
The photograph was probably taken when he was the BCC member responsible for waste. Residents of Cressex, Booker and indeed all of High Wycombe should reflect on the mess in which he left us when it comes to the next election. He certainly laid waste to south west Bucks.
[quote][p][bold]motco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trickerg[/bold] wrote: So........ charging members of staff for daily car parking isn't seen as a reduction in their salaries by Councillor Tett? I'll bet he doesn't have to pay for his parking space.... One rule for them......[/p][/quote]Absolutely! Brilliant choice of photograph![/p][/quote]The photograph was probably taken when he was the BCC member responsible for waste. Residents of Cressex, Booker and indeed all of High Wycombe should reflect on the mess in which he left us when it comes to the next election. He certainly laid waste to south west Bucks. washondo
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9:13am Fri 1 Mar 13

Robert.M says...

What a bloody farce this council is,£65,000 a year for what? so they can cut the police,A&E And other essential services, and the have the bloody audacity to put rents and taxes up, WHAT A BUNCH OF PURITANICAL,BIGOTED HYPOCRITES.
None of them are worth £65 a year yet alone £65,000
What a bloody farce this council is,£65,000 a year for what? so they can cut the police,A&E And other essential services, and the have the bloody audacity to put rents and taxes up, WHAT A BUNCH OF PURITANICAL,BIGOTED HYPOCRITES. None of them are worth £65 a year yet alone £65,000 Robert.M
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