Councils’ wage bills are reduced

Kettering Council says it has cut its wage costs
Kettering Council says it has cut its wage costs

Councils are cutting their wage bills as they make savings to their budgets.

The Taxpayers Alliance recently released research relating to councils’ staffing costs; figures that are disputed by councils and the GMB union.

Wellingborough Council was reported to have 15 members of staff earning more than £50,000, however, this included one-off redundancy payments.

A council spokesman said: “We have significantly reduced the number of managers at the council, which has saved several hundred thousand pounds.

“The council’s deputy chief executive post was made redundant at the beginning of 2013 and further restructures are planned. We have seven employees earning over £50,000.”

The Statement of Accounts for East Northamptonshire Council show that in 2011-12 seven employees earned more than £50,000 and its wage bill was £12,951,320 compared with £13,561,042 in 2010-11. Corby Council employs seven people on a salary of £50,000 or more and has cut its wage bill by £500,000 from 2010-11 to 2011-12.

According to Kettering Council’s website its wage bill has been cut from £14,185,350 in 2010-11 to £13,729,780 in 2011-12.

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “In December 2012 the county council’s total wage bill, excluding schools, was £92.36million, down from £95.61million in April 2012.”