'Bring in salary capping for council directors'
A LOCAL government pressure group is calling for East Riding Council to put a salary cap on senior officials' pay.
The Taxpayers' Alliance believes local authorities should not be spending money on big pay rises for top directors.
The call comes after a row erupted over proposals to give senior East Riding Council officers pay rises of up to £12,000.
Under the plans, chief executive Nigel Pearson will receive a £9,000 increase to his £153,000 salary, while other directors could see their salaries rise by £12,000 to almost £123,000.
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Another director and 21 other heads of service will pocket increases of between £5,000 and £6,000.
Campaign director Mark Wallace said: "We would call for an absolute maximum salary for these directors.
"But we feel this is something each local authority should do rather than be told by central Government.
"Most taxpayers would actually like these directors to take a pay freeze.
"You can't say there isn't enough money for pay increases for public sector workers and then hand senior staff 11 per cent rises."
But the Local Government Association has dismissed the calls.
A spokesperson said: "Councils have a responsibility to reward their staff fairly and those in senior positions often help look after the most vulnerable people in society.
"However, there is a balance to be struck between attracting the best staff and ensuring money for frontline services.
"But we would never want to go down the road of salary capping."
The move has come at a time when some council workers are getting a 2.5 per cent rise and households are struggling during the economic downturn.
The proposals have already been given the green light by the council's staff terms and conditions committee, but have yet to be approved by the full council, which will meet on Wednesday, November 19.