The arguments for action seem to stem from a government suggestion that people are paid too much.
If that is the case, let us have the debate at a national level. First, can we establish the real business reasons for change? Chief executives' combined salaries are a minuscule proportion of the overall local government pay bill, so the motivation is not to save money.
Is there a groundswell of public opinion against top pay? I have not picked up anything from the Society of Personnel Officers' members that this is an issue in their community.
It is a shame that remuneration is becoming tinged with resentment rather than reward. SOCPO will continue to urge for proper discussion and an appropriate way forward that addresses the business arguments of public accountability.
President, Society of Personnel Officers