Council boss gets £25,000 pay rise while lowest paid offered two per cent

Sadly, there have been any number of stories exactly like this over the years. You can find them frequently covered in the ‘Rotten Boroughs’ page of Private Eye, where local councils award their executives a massive pay rise. There is some difference in that they usually do so after they have cut everyone else’s wages, local services and laid people off. They do not seem to have done this in this instance. It’s all part of a larger problem of corporate greed in which the bosses at the top award themselves massive pay rises, while doing their best to make the poor poorer at the bottom.

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A council chief executive’s pay has rocketed 25 per cent in two years whilst its lowest paid workers have been offered two per cent, prompting calls for more scrutiny on top public sector pay.

The head of Hambleton District Council, Phillip Morton, was taken on in 2012 at £100,000 and is now earning £125,000 after management restructuring.

Previously the North Yorkshire authority had shared the chief executive role and senior management team with neighbouring Richmondshire District Council under its money-saving, shared services agreement.

But when the shared chief executive left, the two councils re-established their own management teams.

Although Mr Morton’s salary is amongst the lowest for chief executives in the North-East and North Yorkshire, the timing of the rise has been criticised, with many tax payers struggle to afford essentials with the cost of living crisis.

A Hambleton District Councillor, who this week tried to raise the…

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