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Senior Management costs (EffR19)

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Portfolio: Efficiency and Resources Portfolio

This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included.

Link: EffR19 - Senior Management costs 

This proposal will be discussed at the Efficiency and Resources scrutiny committee [PDF document] on 18 March 2016.

Related FAQs

You say you have no money but you’re paying high wages to the Chief Executive and senior officers.

You say you have no money but you’re paying high wages to the Chief Executive and senior officers.

The cost of senior management has fallen by £2M over the past five years and will reduce by a further £0.25M over the next few years. The details are published on the Council’s website. Wages of senior staff are reviewed by external consultants to ensure they are set at the correct level to attract suitably experienced and qualified people. The numbers of senior managers is always under review.

Will Bill Dixon and Ada Burns be subject to a salary review/pay freeze?

Will Bill Dixon and Ada Burns be subject to a salary review/pay freeze?

The Chief Executive’s pay has been frozen for eight years and there has been no increase in councillors’ allowances since 2009. 

Will senior managers take a cut in salary to enable more staff at lower levels to be employed?

Will senior managers take a cut in salary to enable more staff at lower levels to be employed?

Wages of senior staff are reviewed by external consultants to ensure they are set at the correct level to attract suitably experienced and qualified people.  Their salaries are also bench marked against other councils. The numbers of senior managers is always under review, however, senior staff are needed to help with the changes and bring investment into the town.  We will look again at the situation in two years’ time.

  

Your Say

31 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Maybe the cuts wouldn't be so harshly criticised if councillor took pay cuts too! Earning more than the prime minister ridiculous!!!! Or if we actually knew how much money was been held in reserves sitting earning interest while the town services fall apart. About time an independent came in and audited where all the money has gone! I can't believe all the rents that have been collected over the years from market stall holders hasn't been put towards repairs. Surely any sensible landlord keeps a percentage aside for this. But no not darlington council! These councillors have probably already been paid off to sell the indoor market and get it turned into a wetherspoons or something! I'm not sure how many of you originate from darlington... But those that do I'm absolutely certain your parents grandparents great grandparents would be absolutely disgusted with the way you have ripped the soul out of our market town over the years, while lining your own pockets with backhanders. Disgraceful I really hope one day you get found out and get the prison sentences you deserve.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

We know that the government has slashed the budget by a vast amount,but Darlington IS a Market Town, so Our Indoor Market has to be Kept Open. A town the size of Darlington Must have a Library. We have already lost our Outdoor Market from the Market square. Our Council has TOO many overpaid Executive s, Make them redundant and move somebody up with more Ideas

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Maybe if all you councillors take a pay cut, then you may have more money to spend in Darlington and the town centre. It is no good relying on lottery fund to fund things in the town, cos there is no guarantee it will be awarded to us. Whatever happened to the money that was made from the sale of the arts centre. The council has made so many cuts to this town, there will be nothing left to cut, soon. They have ruined this town by building an eyesore of a car park in a historic town centre. Not to mention the carbuncle next to the town hall. The sooner the councillors are kicked out the better. Let's face it. Whoever gets into power next, cannot do any worse than the current councillors.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I am confident that the only dignified option open to the management and directors is to stand aside and resign. It is very easy to pass the blame. The public sector as a whole has suffered no cuts. What you are experiencing is a cost re-alignment. As a qualified accountant who has spear headed synergy savings in my corporation amounting to £45m in the last 12 months without enforced redundancies. I feel ashamed of your conduct. The course of action required is clear. This town needs to be nursed from its bankrupt state by people with real world experience of running real world profitable businesses. Hang your heads in shame and be dignified. Consider this a vote of no confidence in you and the entire council both Labour and the lack lustre opposition parties. If you really cared for this town as you profess to, you would recognise you as a collective only have this option to you.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Get rid of the higher management at the council, provide the services you need to provide by law and get rid of the higher salaried people (anyone earning over £60,000). Stop wasting money on vanity projects.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

If the council is cutting services why do we need so many highly paid executives?

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Cut Hu01 (Childrens Centres, Early Help and intervention - Specialist Family Support)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Hugely disappointed on several levels. The character and heritage of the town is being ignored. The Pease library should not be sold (as much as I love the civic theatre). To move it I believe will in all likelihood end up in a substandard library in the faceless council answer to everything The Dolphin centre . Maintain it , get groups more involved , cafe proposals, children's services . Half hearted suggestions previously ,never given true thought. Author signings/ talks . Seven stories etc... Organise author talks and charge ( I have been ) and seen the numbers it can attract if someone puts the effort in and these have been in faceless halls rather than beautiful buildings .

Local traders and their livelihoods once and the towns history. The market hall if it is allowed to go leaves darlington with faceless big name retailers that any other place has. foffanos the most recent I can think of and its venture into the deli should be commended for trying to bring variety into the town and they are now hit with this ?

Are the vunerable to be hit again ? kids need support when young to give help before the problems become bigger. whether this is at learning levels or at children's home levels. local businesses see enough trouble already with dealing with shoplifters, drunks, drugs and more recently troublesome teens. it's bad enough now by not giving support ( and aid to relevant charities) you are encouraging this to spiral. My issue is not so much children centres closing and maybe being condensed into one hub it's the wider picture and the fact that some of the charities do the work that the social services can't afford to. They pick up the reins and step in when others will not but the impact of what they do should not be overlooked.
I acknowledge that things such as xmas lights, flowers, grass cutting are a luxury. I also believe though that the council are suggesting library staff ( and others) face redundancy how about those at the top taking a cut in wages ? many other businesses have faced restructure amongst every level and to stay afloat if that's what it takes . it is not a miracle cure but it would also be a gesture that those at the top also acknowledge that they'll need to bear the pressure of cuts.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

The council " leaders " should volunteer to reduce their overly high wages not one of them has taken the lead in doing so, if they did perhaps the residents of the town may, just, may put more faith in the councils leadership. Start at the top before hitting the lower paid workers and the facilities that this town relys on and appreciates but I doubt that will happen.

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

maybe if mr dixon took a pay cut, along with ada burns, that would save 200k!!! the man is a bufoon, do the right thing!!

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Cut W12 (Grounds Maintenance, Horticulture, Parks and Countryside Management)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

If you are seriously suggesting you are not going to cut the grass in parks, they will be entirely unusable by anyone at all. Why not just close them all and sell the land off - it's not as if anyone will be able to use them anyway.

You could use the capital receipts to ensure that no cuts are needed in more important areas such as members allowances, chief officers pay etc

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Cut W12 (Grounds Maintenance, Horticulture, Parks and Countryside Management)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I am so pleased I'm moving away from darlington next month. By the time you've finished the place will be a bigger tip than Hartlepool (and it has a few of them).

The people I feel for are the staff you intend to make redundant and the poor people who will have to live in Darlo, a filty, overgrown place with no services whatsoever.

How many other councils have had funding cuts, yet not resorted to this state of affairs? To come to this suggests that the councillors and senior managers have gone very badly wrong somewhere.

As your solution is to just cut everything, here's a few more ideas you could use.

Get rid of all refuse/recycling collections. People will be able to throw their rubbish in the street and you won't be doing anything about it (fining them or cleaning it up) so that should save a good bit of money.

Close all the parks and rent them out as grazing land. If you're not going to cut the grass, no-one will be able to use them anyway and at least this way you can make some money back and the goats or sheep would save on even the one token cut per year.

Maximise income by charging charities and community groups for absolutely everything you can - rates, refuse etc. This way you might even manage to get rid of a few more of them, further reducing services in the borough.

Why bother putting the library in the dolphin centre. Just close them both. If people want books, they can by them off amazon, if they can't afford it then they'll be able to sympathise with darlo council.

When you've made all these cuts, you can reduce the number of councillors as there'll be nothing left for them to run.

When you've made all the staff redundant you can sell the town hall and make a bit there. Surely somewhere you'll have a spare council house that you could convert for Ada and Bill (you could even call it the town hall to make it sound a bit grander), because you'll have no other staff left.

Don't forget to raise the council tax as much as possible each year too. You obviously need the money more that the taxpayers who will soon be getting absolutely nothing in return, not even the young, old or vulnerable when you've finished.

BEST IDEA YET...abolish Darlo council and go back to being part of Durham. They've made major cuts, but they've still got libraries and cut the grass, take care of the vulnerable and less fortunate

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

YOU NEED TO STOP WASTING MONEY ON USLES PROJECT KEEP THE COVERED MARKET GET RID OF EAST STREET CAR PARK AND WHY WASTE TIME SELLING OF THE LIBRARYS JUST TO WASTE MONEY ON SORTING OUT A NEW ONE IN THE DOLPHIN CENTRE YOU NEED TO LOOK AT ALL THESE OVER PAID IDIOTS IN THE COUNCIL AND CUT THERE WAGES IF YOUR IN DEBT

Core LLE14 (Street Cleansing)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I think that street cleansing is absolutely necessary as nobody wants to live in a litter strewn town. Whilst I appreciate that cuts have to be made, I think that this is a vital service that the Council should provide and is something that the public, visitors to the town and council tax payers can see where their money is being spent. Reducing staff who are likely to be on fairly low pay scales is absurd, especially when they deliver a vital service. Perhaps reducing staffing levels of the management team would be a more effective cost saving?? These workers are some of the lowest paid in the council, reducing those at the bottom will have an impact on services. Even if you reduce the staff, you still have the tools and machinery to maintain etc so why cant street cleansing be kept at the acceptable level it is at present and you make savings by reducing the management team within street scene and other arrears of the Council who are on higher salaries. Greater and more cost effective savings should be made in the management tier which would have little impact on the workers at the bottom of the scale.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Ada burns gets paid more than the prime minister is that right yes or no

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

bill i know its hard to balance books i have a business in darlington town centre, but youve know for a long time about the cuts i know you blame the government but we have no money and have to cut costs ,
you dont seem to come across to the public very well as you and the rest of the people who run darlington havent cut anything of your top earners and still finding and wasting money on projects that could of been delayed
youve found a million pounds for a multi storey carpark and say it was needed for the new cinema complex ? you hail it as a success that private investment are coming to darlington? i heard you sold them the land for less than 400 thousand? if thats the case i will invest in darlington i will give you the same amount for the same amount of town centre land
come on bill start doing the job right and you will get respect for it

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR9 (Registrars)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Statement
We need to retain the Crown Street library and Covered Market.
Sell assets Dolphin Centre and Civic Theatre.
With the best intentions council tax has been too low for a long time, hence the shortfall in government funding with comparable councils in the South.
Move the registrars to the Crown Street library. A much better facility for Births, Deaths and particularly Marriages.
Saving money on alterations to the Town Hall. (the Registrars make money for the council).
With immediate effect place Ada Burns on redundancy notice. We cannot afford such a highly paid individual in the present circumstances. We appear not to be getting value for money.

Question
To maintain the status quo, i.e. retain the Covered Market and Crown Street Library, how much would council tax have to be increased?

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Although you state that there will be over £300,000 saving per year by closing Crown Street Library your model for revised arrangements at Crown Street show that the saving would be £170,000. This is only the cost of one senior manager. Surely with all the unknowns in the move & the strong feeling in the town it would be unwise to go ahead with the closure.
As the number of employees at the Council have considerably reduced the senior management should be reduced more than you have proposed.
Are you reluctant to do this because in the past you have paid out very excessive redundancy payments far in excess of the statutory maximum of £14250? I note in the current proposals the redundancy pay is listed as TBC.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

You state that your senior management pay is benchmarked against other Councils. Therefore how do you explain the fact that our chief executive receives far more than any other in the North?
You also state that you have to pay large salaries to get good people. With all the problems that we have had in the last 7 years & particularly with children & infrastructure this is obviously not the case. You claim that Darlington is one of the best places to live - therefore we should not need to pay high salaries.
We have expensive management yet consultants are often employed.
A more robust review of senior management costs is required - no doubt people are protecting their own interests.

Cut Mc07 (Environmental health officer)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Within the structures particularly in Environmental Services there appears to be a level of management that is surplus to need. Why have Street Scene/Building Cleaning, Waste & Recycling/Transport, Horticulture and Countryside managers reporting to a Head of Service when each could feasibly report directly the Assistant Director. Removing this level of management would allow for an 'at risk service' to be brought back in such as the much needed two enforcement officers dealing with environmental crime (e.g. fly tipping) or indeed several 'street orderlies'.

FF 52l (Housing Related and Outreach Support for Vulnerable Adults)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I feel that it is disgusting that senior staff within the council are being paid such extravagant wages whilst essential services for vulnerable adults in the town are being drastically cut or may go altogether. It seems as though cuts are being made in entirely the wrong places and I am very concerned for the futures of vulnerable individuals who without enough support being available to them their standard of living may deteriorate. I am also concerned for the knock on effect this may have on the community if people who would previously have been helped to access support for issues such as mental health or substance misuse by the floating support services you are proposing on cutting/ending are left without support for these issues.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I note that you state that the move to the Dolphin Centre will cost £1.7 million which is the equivalent to 10 years of the savings for a reduced service at Crown Street.
This figure is very likely to be considerably exceeded if you look at the Council's record on previous estimates viz.
Pedestrian Heart
Haughton Road footbridge
Link Road
Multi storey car park
These large sums of extra money being required have occurred even though you have paid over the odds for your senior management who should have had the experience to prevent them occurring.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

i think that the current council should hang their heads in shame, ada burns' fat salary is an outrage - pure and utter greed - talk about 'fiddling whilst rome burns' and that bill dixon, what an absolute embarassment he is to the town, maybe if he spent less time in the pub and did his job properly, we wouldnt be in such a mess. the pair of them are hyenas! i dont expect a reply to this mail, but the story in todays echo re burns' salary really made me think what a total disgrace DBC are.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I appreciate that we are struggling with funding as an authority. Could I suggest cutting the salaries if some of the top posts. There are any number of people who would be interested in these posts even at a vastly reduced wage. We shouldn't give up the library - what about increasing the amount of council tax we pay?

Cut W04 (Library - Local Studies)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

I appreciate the financial situation due to the actions/funding of the Central Government places the Council in a dire situation, as no longer is it a case of efficiency gains but cuts to core services. I at this juncture of my life I personally do not need to use the library facilitates, however in my formative years the library service was a key foundation of my education. I came from a very poor family and their was little/no disposable income, in this context the ability to lend a book was invaluable. We see this government embarking on policies which simply: eliminates any disposable income for most "working class families" and reduces expenditure in schools. The net effect is that the children from the poorest families need to have the lending facilities to open up the wonderful world of books and education. Closing library or relocating it to a small footfall within the Dolphin Centre should be one of the last things we need to contemplate, if you need to make savings here are a few suggestions a) Merge with Stockton Council your key support services, I cannot understand why we have two sets of senior executives less that 20 mile apart. The saving on one CE salary will fund the library service for the next four/five years b) Reduce proportionally the number of counsellors - at the moment we have wards of three or four counsellors, reduce the numbers across the board - which will allow you to reduced expenses, and corresponding support for the counsellors. Please re-think

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Overpaid, ineffective management or libraries? Give me a library any day.

Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Cut W20 (Blue Badge Parking)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

1.No lies why have you stated the indoor market has 1 million pound for electrical work ,when you have been quoted 250,000!!!
Sack Ada for the child abuse cases and why do you need 14 assistant directors,why sack council workforce then re employ the day after on 500 pounds a day!!
Stop giving building companies sweetners to complete a building on time then wait 5 years for the money to be returned-its not your money
Sack Ada for gross mis conduct-no pension save 300,000 sack Bill and the hangers on saving another 2.7 million,demand 4 million back from cinema complex and 1 million from car park theres 8 million saved already,why have you agreed to sell the indoor market to a supermarket
and why build more shopping units when the queens arcade was meant to get fitted out some ten years ago and why move mowden to council and give them free parking when again its our money ,our land and our services that will be used

issue the last 2 million from the war chest you know we have and having cut the services the council tax was meant for ie libaries,street cleaning,grass cutting etc lower the council tax to below 2 % then you wouldnt need a referendum which again hasnt materialised by Law
also remove the Mayor and his hangers on and the PCC as again a total waste of time
typical Labour controlled Council frittering money cos you know its not yours
and why not START CHARGING DISABLED DRIVERS TO PARK IN ANY CAR PARK as they park where the want with no re coarse,if they can walk to town they can walk to the meter,stop blue disc s saving you more
give us our town back

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Cut H03 (Unison Contribution)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Letter about the current services, Crown Street Library, Covered Market, senior management and other options.

Documents


Core HP3 (Public Health Substance Misuse )
Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

The people whom I understand this support is being removed from are probably more worthy of the money being given to support them than those who run our local council, who are being paid at least four times what they need to be paid for the roles they are carrying out. If the people who run our council were just paid what they need to be paid, which is no more than £50,000.00 per person gross per annum, then this service could be maintained, along with the other services that are being cut. Keep the series and cut out the greed. I also think that if all of the cushy allowances that those who run our council were stopped, then none of these services would need to be cut, either. If the people who run our council want to continue to be paid at their current rate, may I suggest that they go into the private sector, as nobody who works in the public sector needs to be paid what those incompetent socialist dimwits are being paid.

FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)
Cut Mc02 (Economic Initiative and Regeneration)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: There is a lot of wasted capital expenditure. The multi-storey car park cost £7.2m and went over budget as did the pedestrian heart. Small businesses came out and said they did want it. If someone comes round the town with me I will show them all the empty shops, you haven’t improved business. How is spending money moving the library to the Dolphin Centre going to save money? £120,000 to maintain South Park – who are you getting to cut the grass Wayne Rooney? One off payment of £50,000 for wild flowers – come on! You must really think we are stupid. I am going to have find an extra £70 for my council tax and looking at the debt it costs £3.1m to service that debt but you’ll spend £7.2m on a car park we don’t even need. If the government cuts the funding again I am going to have to find more money to pay my council tax, I won’t be able to afford to live in my house. Bill – how much are you on? Nothing will change, all this is lip service and these cuts are a smoke screen because you have been totally inadequate. And Children’s Services is an absolute disgrace. The reason Red Quadrant had to come in was because the Government were that worried by the Ofsted report because it has failed since 2012 and there’s been no improvement. I’m going to run for councillor in 2020 and I won’t take a salary.

A: Coun Dixon – I get £30,000 and a couple of 100. It’s less than where I used to work before I took this job on. I took a pay cut to do this job because I like it and it’s a worthwhile job.

Coun McEwan – the car park. The fact is we have a private sector developer that has invested £30m to a cinema/leisure complex to create 500 jobs. We promised money, funded from car parking revenue to service that facility and I tell you what I’ll vote for it every time. What that development will do, alongside creating jobs, will increase the footfall of our town centre. To say our town centre is dead on its feet is dead wrong. All town centres are facing challenges, to have the private sector put their money where their mouth is to create jobs and increasing footfall which is what our traders want to see, is not a bad thing.

Coun Wallis – in regard to senior manager costs – in 2011/2105 £2m taken out of senior management costs and in this budget at least £300,000. When there are cuts to be made everyone looks to managers but not everyone in a local authority can be frontline staff. You need people to manage and reconfigure services to ensure best value is delivered and procedures are in place for example in child and adult protection. We need people in those very complicated jobs as well as those in front line jobs. One of the comments Ofsted actually made about children’s services was we had taken too much out of senior managers. Senior managers here earn about the going rate when you look at other local authorities in the area. You need that when you are running a mufti million pound authority when lives and services are at stake on a day to day basis.

Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

This is a transcription of comments made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: Senior management savings of £300k seems strange that is a similar figure as the saving to be made by moving the library.
Q: What salary increase are all staff getting this year? Are the senior managers getting an increase? Is there a proposal for councillors to get an increase in their allowances? Perhaps they could sacrifice that.

A (Cllr Harker): When recruiting people to certain positions, we pay what the going rate is. If we do not pay what the going rate is, we either don’t get someone in that role, or we find someone who is not capable of doing it. I’d far rather pay people in senior management roles less, but the reality is that’s what we’ll pay because that’s what local authorities have to pay. As the organisation shrinks in terms of the number of employees it has, we will reduce, as we have been doing, the number of managers. So they overall cost of management will reduce. In terms of staff salaries, staff at different levels of the organisation have not had inflation pay increases over a number of years. Staff have made sacrifices in terms of salaries. All staff, from 2011/12 have had no pay increase. Many staff have seen their salaries decreased in real terms.

Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: You have only cut £300,000 from you lot, do you not think you can go a bit deeper? You have about seven layers of people on hundreds of thousands of pounds; assistant directors you’ve got three. Some of you should take two jobs on it’s not as if you do much. Why do you spend money on partnerships – you’re running Darlington. I could cut £30,000 from you lot sat there to pay for the Xmas lights. She hasn’t said one word and she’s on £140,000 a year. You are just protecting your own.

A: We have already cut £2m from senior management and this is a further £300,000. We work in partnership with other local authorities, other public bodies. The senior managers we have work with people from all different bodies.