Will Forster

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Senior officers’ pay at County Council jumps by £10 million

by willforster on 9 July, 2020

Figures published by Surrey County Council have revealed a huge rise in the cost of senior staff pay in just 12 months.

The information published by the Council has revealed that the number of its senior officers earning over £50,000 has increased from 407 in 2018/19 to 558 in 2019/20.  The number of those being paid between £50,000 – £54,999 has increased from 127 to 212.

A greater increase is seen in the £60,000 – £64,999 pay bracket where the number of staff has jumped from 49 to 154.  In total, the pay bill for all senior employees has risen by around £10 million.

During this week’s Full Council, the Lib Dems submitted a question to ask whether the salary budget for senior staff was out of control.

In a time when Surrey County Council has been and is still undergoing a major transformation of its services, it is right that my colleagues and I challenge the administration on this large increase.

Whilst we appreciate that it is necessary to have employees of the right calibre to deliver these changes, we need to be sure that the right balance is being struck and keep the public informed on how their money is being spent.

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