I'd urge readers therefore to respond to this Local Government consultation.
The proposals are to require councils to name senior staff and provide a full breakdown of their salary, pensions and rewards. The consultees on the government's official list will mostly have an inbuilt bias against disclosure; they will lobby for their continued anonymity on the basis of Fred Goodwin's windows, and seek to restrict the information made available on the grounds of the risks of information and identity theft. I shall be responding as follows;
- Support fully the disclosure of all the reward elements listed at the level of detail proposed
- Would support extent of reporting at Chief and first-tier officer levels, and would encourage government to widen this to include any permanent or contract staff earning over £100,000 at 2009 / 2010 value (i.e. fully identified and full details given)
- Support fully anonymous banding of other staff earning over £50k in £5k bands subject to above (i.e. anonymous reporting from £50k to £100k)
In other words, they're inviting every senior council fat cat in the country to write in on an individual basis to object to the proposals.
So please send your own (polite) signal. Our voices will make a difference.