Hot Topic: Should council boss earn more than Prime Minister?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 June 2013


NORTH Somerset Council is currently looking to recruit a new chief executive for £145,000-a-year - £3,000 MORE than earned by the Prime Minister.

The cash-strapped authority voted to approve recruitment of a new head to replace outgoing Graham Turner when he retires in November.

The move was immediately criticised by an opposition group leader, who suggested the salary should instead be linked to performance.

Mercury readers have this week been sharing their own opinions by writing to the newsdesk, and posting comments on the Mercury’s website and Facebook pages.

Here is a taste of your views on the question: Should the council spend £145,000-a-year on a new chief executive?

n “No. Waste of money, rather spend it on a duck pond - would be more justified.” Doug Hines.

n “Obscene amount of money.” Simon Coles.

n “So is that where all our money goes? Wow!” Emma Eden.

n “No no no no no and in case no-one isn’t listening properly N O spells NO!” Sue Roper.

n “Nice to see our council are in touch with the real people – NOT!” Dave Frost.

n “How about performance-related pay? He doesn’t perform, or the council doesn’t perform, then his pay is slashed. And he certainly shouldn’t get an expense account when earning £145,000 a year.” Gruf.

n “Performance related pay - bring it on! Ashton et al would then be paying us.” Keith.

n “Has anyone asked David Cameron, our UK Prime Minister, to apply? If he got the job, he would have a pay rise compared to what he receives now.” Stork.

n “Good. It sounds like a lot of money but it really isn’t.” Jim.

n “Another fine waste of ink and paper printing an article asking us what we think NSC should do I see Mercury, when you know very well they will do whatever they want anyway.” Mike Walton.

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