Which has doubled on his watch

IT IS very kind of Councillor Peter Bryant – who is currently North Somerset Council s executive member for special projects on �22,000 a year – to ask what I did in the past about senior officers pay and pensions. If he would care to look at the record

IT IS very kind of Councillor Peter Bryant - who is currently North Somerset Council's executive member for 'special projects' on �22,000 a year - to ask what I did in the past about senior officers pay and pensions.

If he would care to look at the records, he will find that as a councillor I supported reform of the local government pension scheme to make it more affordable for taxpayers. I also called for a performance related pay scheme for senior officers including pay cuts for those who fell short.

I am perfectly happy to debate my record any day of the week. But that is the past. I live in the present. I don't run North Somerset Council - Cllr Bryant does.

So perhaps he could make one of the 'special projects' for which he is paid a review of senior staff pay including putting a brake on the number of staff earning more than �100,000 - which has doubled on his watch according to the independent Taxpayers Alliance.


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If Cllr Bryant is afraid of taking tough action in the taxpayer's interest, then he and his colleagues can always step aside and make way for people who will.

MIKE BELL

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