Manchester City Council boss Sir Howard Bernstein has rejected calls by communities secretary Eric Pickles for town hall chiefs to take a pay cut.
Sir Howard, left, who earned more than £230,000 last year for council work and other responsibilities, told the Manchester Evening News: “I don’t think this is an issue for discussion with central government.
“My salary, as chief executive for Manchester, is decided by Manchester City Council and the elected leaders.”
In his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Mr Pickles said: “Everyone in the public sector must do their bit to cut back.
“The Prime Minister’s taken a pay cut, I’ve taken a pay cut, so I say to my many chums who are council chief executives - it’s your turn now.
“Trust me, I’m here to help, you will feel better for it - you’ll be able to look your council workers in the eye.”
Mr Pickles also reiterated his insistence that no new council chief executives should be appointed on a salary greater than the Prime Minister’s £142,500.
He pledged to put “communities back in charge”, as he suggested councils should share work and increase transparency.