MONTHLY NEWS ITEM July 2014
Labour Cllr Robert Evans brought a motion before Surrey County Council asking that they become a ‘Living Wage County’ and that Surrey offers a minimum of £8.80 per hour to its employees, and insists that any company doing work for the County does the same. a supported by David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
The motion was of course defeated!
This same County Council who generously rewarded themselves; while using zero hours contracts for over 6000 employees!
Surrey County Council’s Tory run cabinet, all over the age of 50 and more than half listed as company directors, were defiant in justifying their massive pay increases.
The County Councils leader Cllr Hodge, Conservative, when asked what role do you think a local resident should play in determining the chief officer’s pay? Replied:
“The role they have is through the ballot box.”
What Surrey’s Tory County Council cabinet members claim in allowances and expenses:
David McNulty Chief Executive £210.000
David Hodge Council Leader £175.547
Peter Martin Deputy Leader £153.237
Michael Gosling Cabinet £133.873
Mary Angell Cabinet £126.601
Helyn Clack Cabinet £117.102
Denise Le Gal Cabinet £116.801
John Furey Cabinet £92.940
Mel Few Cabinet £89.554
Linda Kemeny Cabinet £68.304
A statement by the Conservative group following the increase read: “In order to attract a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds it is vital that the remuneration is at an appropriate level.” This argument is erroneous when the average wage for full time work is about £23,000 per annum — and the Tory cabinet are from a narrow group of over 50s with high earning backgrounds.
Also, by their actions; this Euro-sceptic, Tory run County Council is denying some hard working British workers job opportunities, by not paying a decent living wage.
It was revealed in 2011 that Surrey County Council’s pension deficit was in the figure of £750m of which the councils share was £390m. Peter Webb of Surrey Tax Action Group said STAG wanted ‘meaningful dialogue’ with council members.
He then said: “We believe SCC is in a state of denial and simply don’t understand just how disappointed the electorate is.” He went on to mention, mismanaged road maintenance contracts and other poor services, coupled with costly staff appointments.
The reason for bringing this subject up is because the deficit could take 20 years to be cleared. We therefore think, it would be more appropriate for the cabinet to cut their allowances by 50% instead of awarding increases!
This of course would not clear the deficit — but the £600,000 per annum saved, could help towards flood relief which is badly under funded, or prevent the future sale of fire stations and other public buildings, park land and school playing fields, to which Spelthorne is the most vulnerable!
The only real solution is to vote them out at the next opportunity:
“Through the ballot box”