The Standard reveals today how London councils have boosted the pay of top officials whilst council revenues plummet and services are cut. Last financial year, 2008/09, 498 council bosses took a wedge of over £100k, an increase of 21% over the previous year. The demands of the recession were obviously onerous; Islington increased the number of £100k+ bosses from 9 to 23 (150% increase), Greenwich from 11 to 24 (118% increase), Westminster 17 to 30 (76%) and Tower Hamlets 15 to 26 (73%)
The ten highest paid London council bosses all earn over £220k.
Binmen and road-gritters, meanwhile, will get a pay increase of 0%.
I've blogged before on the increasing spread of 'differentials' in the public sector; the difference between the wage of the median admin grade and the top official grade used to be a factor of around 6x; since New Labour came to power, this has doubled to around 12x. Now, in a Boccaccio-like Danse Macabre, the snouts are having a final orgy of troughing in advance of cuts to come, and one thing you can bet your hat on - it won't be these fat piggies who go, but the binmen and road-gritters who actually provide our public services.