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Extra £2,500 for council top boss

THE chief executive of cash-strapped Solihull Council has seen his actual salary increase by almost £2,500

THE chief executive of cash-strapped Solihull Council has seen his actual salary increase by almost £2,500

Figures reveal that Mark Rogers was paid £130,111 in 2010/11, compared to £127,651 the previous year.

This six-figure sum is close to the total picked up by Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on £142,500.

The news comes after Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles said that town hall chiefs should take a 10 per cent pay cut.

Trevor Eames, secretary of Solihull Ratepayers’ Association, said that the rise was “disappointing”.

“We believe that people at the top should lead by example as our economy struggles to recover,” he said. “This comes at a time when there are substantial cuts, particularly to social services in Solihull. “Last month we saw a rise in day centre charges, which will affect elderly and vulnerable people.”

Overall payments, taken from the council’s draft accounts, have increased from £152,980, to £171,958.

A spokeswoman for Solihull Council said: “This does not mean that our chief executive has had a £20,000 pay rise. The overall figure includes late payments from previous years.”

Mr Rogers’ pay packet remains smaller than counterparts in Birmingham and Coventry but the council bosses in both those local authorities saw their six-figure salaries shrink last year.

 

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