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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Interesting local govt salary information

Posted by davidburbage on January 23, 2009

The Taxpayers Alliance has published information about middle management salaries at Town Hall rocketing. The headline is undoubtedly true and reflects the amount of money that NuLabour have put into the public sector – which can’t be easily argued to contribute to a vibrant and growing economy.

As such, it’s an entirely valid exercise to carry out. It is a shame that they colour the research with prejudice such as

“with many local authorities keen to ensure that data is continually presented in different ways,”


It’s inevitable that hundreds of different organisations will structure themselves differently. It’s not an excuse to hide information, though, but it definitely falls on the cockup side of the cockup/conspiracy test.

They also say

“Ideally, local authority remuneration data should be published on a central website accessible to all members of the public, thereby allowing straightforward comparisons to be made.”

So, hmm, let me think, who would pay for operation and maintenance of such a website? The taxpayer … ? But isn’t that what TPA is doing on behalf of taxpayers already (thus achieving the same goal at no cost to the taxpayer!). Yes, let’s have common standards, and yes, let’s make it easier for local authorities to be held accountable for their salaried expenditure, but risking the state bureaucracy and maintenance costs of setting up somebody to run a centralised database – which would have to be “secure”- let’s be careful for what we wish for!


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