The Green Party continues to push for action on high council salaries, noting chief executive John Mothersole’s £219,000 in salary and pension contributions last year. In the budget amendment in March, Green councillors again proposed reducing the pay of senior officers on salaries over £50,000 a year. Reducing inequality between the highest and lowest paid is important for a fairer society.

A further Green proposal was to “cut political spin from the Town Hall.” by cutting all the paid political assistants from the Council payroll and requiring politicians to do their own research and press work. This would have saved £73,000 in 2018/19 and £150,000 in future years. It’s no surprise that the party that benefits the most from this political expenditure, Labour with 2 posts, doesn’t want to cut them. The Lib Dems, with 1 post, did at least support cutting one of the Labour posts. With the government cutting so much from local council funding, every saving helps maintain basic services.

Kaltum Rivers
Broomhill & Sharrow Vale ward Green Party

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