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Getting in a pickle over £100,000

23 May 2013

Mr Pickles will not be a happy man following the decision last night of Lambeth LBC to retain their current policy for agreeing salaried positions and payouts of more than £100,000. Since Chapter 8 of Part 1 of the Localism Act 2011 came into force local authorities and fire and rescue authorities have been required to produce an annual pay policy statement setting out the basis for determining the highest and lowest salaries and the relationship between those and other salaries in the local authority.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has also issued guidance and supplementary guidance regarding those things that Mr Pickles thinks should be taken into account. The guidance states that any payments above £100,000 should be voted on by full council. Lambeth consider that this will cause too many delays and may result in the loss of the best candidates. They believe that their current policies and a new annual report to council of all relevant payments provide sufficient accountability.

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