John Leech slams 'outrageous' 60% increases for Manchester council bosses.

  • Shocking new salaries for senior staff in Manchester Town Hall see rises of up to 60%.
  • The city's sole opposition has slammed the rush-through decision as "outrageous."
  • The full table can be found here.

Tomorrow Manchester Council will meet to rush through some shocking pay rises for senior council staff. Some are seeing their salary increase by up to 60 per cent.

Actual increases total more than £100,000 per year - enough to hire four full time members of staff on the yearly average wage.

The largest increase of 60.2 per cent for Head of Children and Families comes despite the recent shame of being landed with an 'inadequate' Ofsted rating.

The council's Head of Strategic Communications will also see a pleasant 18 per cent increase. 

The Head of City Centre Growth and Regeneration will see a 20 per cent increase, up to a yearly salary of £75,000. Whilst the Deputy Chief Executive (Growth & Neighbourhoods) and City Solicitor will both be happy to see a their pay packet increase to an impressive £125,000.

John Leech is the city's sole opposition member, elected earlier this year to represent Didsbury West with 53 per cent of the vote. He was also the MP for Manchester Withington from 2005-2015.

John Leech has requested to speak at the Personnel Committee tomorrow.

John Leech said: "These increases are frankly disgusting.

"Other staff and local residents will be understandably shocked and frustrated that senior figures at the council are seeing their pay increase by up to 60 per cent at a time when the council claims to have no money.

"We are frequently told that the council can't repair roads, empty bins more often or improve public services due to a lack of money, and yet here they are handing out increases totalling tens of thousands per year

"These senior staff are already being paid up to £100,000, and these outrageous increases are both out of line with the rest of the council, but also the rest of the country.

"Tomorrow I am hoping to speak at the meeting to raise my concerns about these enormous increases.

"There is no doubt that the council has held these increases back until now to try and sneak out a bulk load of dirty washing.

"This is not the kind of transparency that Manchester Council should be aiming to provide."

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