CWaC CEO cost taxpayers an extra £17,000 last year
Steve Robinson, the chief executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council, saw his total remuneration rise by £17,000 to £235,000 last year, including pension and benefits.
Read the full story from the source The TelegraphOn the 24th August 2011 I submitted the following Freedom of Information request to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
I would like to know the amount you paid to the returning officer for each of the last 3 years together with an explanation as to what the payments were for.I am still waiting for a response to my FOI, however,
PS: I have searched your website for the information but can't find it.
On the 24th August 2011 Cheshire West and Chester Council left the following comment on my blog post.
STATEMENT RE: CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S SALARY
Council spokesman, Ian Callister, said today: “The Chief Executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council has not received any salary increase since his appointment in July 2008.
“Total reimbursements recorded in the authority’s Statement of Accounts also include repayment of travel and subsistence expenses; the agreed rise in pension payments as required by the Fund’s External Actuary and the Government’s regulation payment to all Chief Executives who acted as returning officer during the last general election.
“All the above are recorded as ‘salary’ in the Council’s Statement of Accounts, as required by financial regulations. His pay has not changed.”On the 24th August 2011 I updated my blog post with the follwoing statement
UPDATE 24th August 2011: Irrespective of what spin the council tries to put on it the Chief Executive cost taxpayers an extra £17,000 last year.and left the following response to CWaC
You mean you actually paid someone for managing this years election shambles?
In addition on the 31st August 2011 the following article appeared in the Ellesmere Port Pioneer.
Cheshire West and Chester Council chief justifies extra £13,000 payment.
COUNCIL chief executive Steve Robinson received an extra £13,000 for acting as returning officer at last year’s General Election, despite a fiasco which saw voters denied their right to vote.
Mr Robinson earned his £180,000 annual salary plus £13,000 for organising the election in Cheshire West and Chester according to the accounts.
The council’s accounts show Mr Robinson’s benefits in kind, including his car allowance, rose from £1,000 to £2,000 last year and his employer’s pension contribution rose from £37,000 to £40,000 resulting in an overall £17,000 rise in his financial package of £235,000 compared to the previous year.
Still no response to the question I posed in an ealier post.
Does Cheshire West and Chester Council put pressure on our local press? [(1) To promote positive stories and excuses for the council. (2) To ignore any negative stories and turn a blind eye to their pathetic excuses.] Other councils do!