Hereford & Worcester

Wychavon District Council rejects managers' pay rise

Proposals to increase the pay of five senior managers by up to 15% have been thrown out by a Worcestershire council.

Councillors at Wychavon District Council voted against the increase by 21 to 13, with eight abstentions.

Council leader Paul Middleborough said: "We certainly didn't make a mistake in proposing it and I think that was reflected in terms of what was being said during the debate."

The Conservative-controlled council is having to cut £2m from its budget.

Labour councillor Peter Pinfield was one of those who opposed the rise at the council meeting on Tuesday night: "This was not the right time to be giving wage increases to senior staff who are already on figures of £100,000 plus."

Independent consultants had advised the council to increase salaries for the two most senior posts at Wychavon District Council after pointing out their pay was 5% less than the national average for equivalent roles.

Under the proposals, the maximum salary for the managing director would have been increased from £107,004 to £115,000.

The maximum salary for the deputy managing director would have risen to £90,000, from £77,971.

The proposed rises would have cost £74,000 over the next three years.

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