At a time when everyone is struggling it is only right that those working in the public sector share the pain with those in the private. I have been concerned about pay escalation in the public sector for some time so welcomed the decision to freeze senior managers pay.
Cambridgeshire County Council has frozen the cost of living payments for managers as part of the authority’s drive to reduce costs. Major political parties have indicated cuts in public spending are on the way and forecasts show that Cambridgeshire County Council will be £113 million worse off in five years time than it is now.
As a part of tightening its belt councillors have agreed that managers, from the Chief Executive down, will not receive an increase in the so called annual cost of living award. Frontline staff, who are usually the most lowest paid and work with some of the most vulnerable people, will receive the nationally agreed 1 per cent rise – equating to around an extra £2 for many workers a week. Some staff may also receive a rise to reward exceptional performance.
Staff were notified in September of the new pay arrangements. Cambridgeshire County Council is one of the top authorities for its use of resources, being awarded four stars (the highest award) by the Audit Commission.