Westminster Council to appoint another "fat cat" in a time of cost cutting
By londononline | Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 19:56
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group,Westminster City Council, and other Labour Councillors have called on Local Government Minister Eric Pickles to intervene to stop the appointment of a new £125,000 a year Director of Communications at Westminster Council. This comes at a time when the Council is making £12 million of cuts to services to children and the elderly and axing its entire £350,000 a year Arts and Culture programme.
Labour say that, there is no justification for spending such a large amount of Council Tax payers' money on another expensive employee. The Communications Department already employs a Deputy Head of Communications - on £90,000, a Head of Media Relations on £82,000, a Head of Strategy on £78,000 , a Head of Policy and Partnerships on £72,000 and a Senior Communications Manager on £61,000.
It is hard to see how the Council can justify this large salary when it is cutting basic services to individuals and grants to groups. Is this another example of top heavy Local Government? In the interests of transparency perhaps the Council can explain why such a large salary is necessary? Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
"The Council says that it has axed its entire £350,000 Arts and Culture programme because the money was needed to pay for meals on wheels for the elderly. But now we find out that this is completely untrue and that there is £125,000 to pay for another expensive bureaucrat to supplement the already massive array of well-paid spin doctors working for the Council"
"Westminster Conservatives must think the people of Westminster are all fools if they think they can get away with this outrageous and arrogant behaviour. I urge Eric Pickles to step in and tell the Council to stop wasting Council Tax payers' money on this unnecessary job"