Council leader defends senior staff pay

PUBLISHED: 14:54 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:14 17 February 2016

Council leader Robert Gordon

Council leader Robert Gordon

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County Hall has defended its inflation-busting pay increases, insisting they are necessary and in the interests of the people of Hertfordshire.

On Monday, a county council committee agreed a one per cent rise for the most senior staff from April, provided they meet performance targets

Those that exceed their targets will qualify for a £3,000 bonus.

The news coincides with the announcement that the authority’s share of council tax will increase by 3.99 per cent in 2016/16, while inflation is just 0.3 per cent.

Council leader Robert Gordon, who chairs the Employment Committee, said: “We have taken significant steps to reduce senior management costs at Hertfordshire County Council in recent years, lowering the wage bill from £10.4 million in April 2010 to £8.2 million.

“As a result, the remaining senior managers have taken on more responsibility to lead council staff through challenging financial times, ensuring we continue to deliver important services while still making savings from our budget of £211 million since 2010.

“We have to ensure that our salaries are in line with the market to attract and retain the best possible people to meet our challenging agenda in a competitive recruitment market close to London.

“If you take into consideration the size of the council, our budget and the number of residents we work for, when compared with other councils in the region the costs for our senior management are at the lower end of the scale.”

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