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£470k bill for trio of council officers

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

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THREE senior council officials have received pay packets of £470,000 between them.

A statement of accounts for 2012/13 has revealed the salaries and pension payments paid to officers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Leading the way is chief executive Simon Baker, who received a package of £191,267.

This was made up of salary, fees and allowances of £157,775; an expenses allowance of £7,301; and a pension contribution of £26,191.

The authority’s executive director and chief financial officer, Andrew Stokes, received a package of £142,793, which included £118,838 in salary, fees and allowances; £4,228 expenses allowance; and £19,727 in pension contributions.

Executive director and monitoring officer, Mark Trillo, received £136,054. This again was made up by £113,590 for salary, fees and allowances; a £3,363 expenses allowance; and £19,101 in pension contribution.

All three officers are employed in a split week by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council, and the costs are shared between the two authorities.

Figures show that five more officers earned packages of between £59,771 and £77,839.

The finance and performance manager position on the two authorities shows a salary package of £117,350, but the position was made redundant during 2012/13 with a termination figure of £42,771.

Leader of the council, Sybil Ralphs, who also has the responsibility for finance, said the authority was in a good position as it only had to pay half of the salaries.

She said: “We have got highly professional officers who do a good job.

“We are in a good position because we only have to pay 50 per cent of the salaries, but get 100 per cent expertise, so it works out well.

“Also, with the help of these officers, we have made savings of £1.1 million during the last year, which has helped to save services and jobs.”

The accounts also show that the district council has a 49 per cent share in Ascent Housing which is a joint venture between the authority and Your Housing to build affordable units across the Moorlands.

The district council has made a £20 million loan available to Ascent to be utilised over four years.

Figures show that Ascent has received the first payment of £3 million. Further payments of £12 million in 2013/14 and £5 million in 2014/15 are anticipated.

The latest council officers’ salaries come just a week after it was revealed that two MPs who represent communities in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Karen Bradley and Bill Cash, together cost taxpayers around £400,000 during the last year in salaries and expenses.

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