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Rein in top pay in East Sussex CC

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GMB To Raise With East Sussex County Council Need To Rein In Pay Of Senior Managers To Alleviate Impact Of Cuts Over Next Three Years

Members are staggered by the depth and breadth of services facing massive reductions or complete obliteration and 20% cut in top managers pay would save £681,000 says GMB

GMB are evaluating what the latest plans for budget cuts in East Sussex County Council (ESSC) will mean for services prior to union attending a business planning meeting with the authority on Thursday 19th November.

GMB is of the view that the council should seek to cut the costs of senior managers to alleviate the impact of these cuts.

Amongst the details of the proposed cuts over the next three years are the following:

  • Reduction in funding budget of approximately 20% to voluntary and community sector for preventative and well-being services. £111k proposed cut;
  • Partial removal of Supporting People funding from learning disability accommodation £152k proposed cut;
  • Remove Supporting People funding for on-site support for single homeless people. £287k proposed cut;
  • Remove Supporting People funding for short term mental health housing support services for people aged 16+. £341k proposed cut;
  • Children's Support Services (includes Children’s Safeguarding quality assurance) - £866k proposed cut;
  • Early Help for Children including Children’s Centres £4.6m proposed cut.

The consultation on the budget is now live on the East Sussex County Council website: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/ascbudget and runs until Friday 18th December.

Rachel Verdin, GMB Regional Officer, said “Members are staggered by the depth and breadth of services set to face massive reductions or complete obliteration.

 While the anti-austerity argument is clearly lost against the council GMB is calling on them to wake up to the huge disparity in pay levels from those at the top to those at the bottom. This imbalance is even starker when considered alongside some of the cuts currently being planned.

The East Sussex corporate management team has six posts, with the Chief Exec clearing in excess of £180,000. The combined wage bill of this small group of staff is a staggering £900,000. With on-costs like National Insurance and pension contributions the figures is well in excess of £1m per year.

GMB is calling on ESCC to cut the pay of those who can most afford it at the top of the pay scale. As the council has to make at least 20% cuts for the next three years if this was mirrored by corporate management team in year one and remained at that level over years 2&3 then the total basic salary saving would be around £524,000 and with on-costs (national insurance, pension contributions, etc.) another £681,000 in the council coffers.

A week after the Times reported on the excesses of public sector bosses we find ourselves agreeing with Osborne that council chiefs need to rein in high levels of pay.  GMB will be voicing our concerns at the meeting on Thursday 19th November.

There is currently a public consultation on the proposals in adult social care. GMB calls on local residents to respond and suggest the council keeps its own house in order before the axe falls.”

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Contact: Rachel Verdin on 07931 796733 or 01273 570126 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

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