LARGE council salaries are a delicate topic in these days of cutbacks, council tax rises and austerity.
So when an issue with a £117,000 financial implication was immediately shut down at a recent council meeting I was covering - the health social care partnership cabinet meeting - one does begin to wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t been there.
The matter was in relation to the relocation of the Director of Adult Social Services role to the Council’s Directorate for People.
Councillor Leela Widger raised her concerns about the £117,000 associated with the post, and chief executive Mark Rogers was in the middle of confirming that the bulk of the money was to be used for salary purposes when somethng interesting happened.
Before Mr Rogers could get any further Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet portfolio holder of health, social care and partnerships, abruptly approved the decision, and rather rudely insisted that if Ms Widger had any other issues she should contact Mr Rogers outside of the meeting.
Surely it is the duty of our elected representatives, like Ms Widger, to raise legitimate questions that are of relevance to you and me, the people of Solihull. Surely too Coun Sleigh should allow his chief executive to answer them fully.
Make no mistake, the agenda is available for everyone to see, and the figure in question sticks out like a sore thumb.
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