Critics call on council directors to reject pay increases of up to £12,000
A ROW has broken out over proposals to give senior East Riding Council officers pay rises of up to £12,000 each.
Under the plans, chief executive Nigel Pearson will receive a £9,000 increase to add to his £153,000 salary.
Four other directors are set to see their salaries go up by about £12,000 to almost £123,000.
Another director and 21 other heads of service will pocket increases of between £5,000 and £6,000.
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The move has attracted criticism at a time when some council workers are getting a 2.5 per cent rise and households struggle during the economic downturn.
East Riding Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said the rises were necessary to ensure the local authority was able to attract and retain the best staff.
The proposals, which follow a review of pay grades, 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.
Today, Hornsea Town Councillor John Ellerby said: "I would urge councillors to reject this.
"It seems preposterous when others are being urged to keep their wages down."
But Cllr Parnaby said: "It's six years since these salaries were reviewed and we are slipping behind the market rate.
"The review should have taken place last year but was put back because of the floods.
"We can't keep putting this off. It is an unfortunate time but when is there a good time?
"I have sympathy with those who are struggling but this is the market rate for these types of jobs."
Taxpayers' Alliance campaign director Mark Wallace said: "It's totally inappropriate for these officials to get such over-the-odds pay rises."