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Barking & Dagenham slashes chief's salary

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Barking and Dagenham LBC has reduced the salary of its chief executive by nearly 25% following Rob Whiteman’s departure.

The council is currently recruiting for a new chief executive but has reduced the salary for the position from £196,000 to £150,000.

Mr Whiteman, left, stood down from the council just after the election to become managing director of Local Government Improvement & Development.

A spokesman for Barking and Dagenham said: “The salary for this post should be seen in the context of the financial squeeze on the public sector and a new realism in local government about finances.

“The decision was based on an assessment of the market and the person specification for the role. We are confident that the salary package on offer will attract first class candidates for the role to provide the leadership we need at this time.”

The council’s decision came as a number of other prominent sitting chief executive’s announced that they would take a pay cut.

Essex CC chief executive Joanna Killian and Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery, who both earn more than £200,000, separately announced this month that they would take a 5% pay cut.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles earlier told the Conservative Party conference that he wanted chiefs on more than £150,000 to take a 5% cut and those on more than £200,000 to reduce their salaries by 10%.

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