Pay cut threat to county leaders

HIGH-earning county leaders could be facing major pay cuts or losing their jobs if the Conservatives win the General Election.

HIGH-earning county leaders could be facing major pay cuts or losing their jobs if the Conservatives win the General Election.

The Tories said yesterday that no chief executive should earn as much as £100,000 and that local authorities should share top offices and key functions.

Andrea Hill, Suffolk's chief executive, was appointed last April on a salary of nearly £220,000.

Last year, the county council, run by Conservative councillors, employed four other officers earning more than £100,000.

Eric Pickles, the Tories' front bench spokesman on communities and local government, wants to see councils amalgamating their chief officer posts which would cut jobs and salaries and lead to the streamlining of council functions.

Suffolk County Council leader Jeremy Pembroke said: “At the end of the day, we have to provide top notch services for all our residents and we need someone with the experience and capability of managing the administration of the council.”

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