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Managers volunteer for pay cut

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More than 30 Liverpool City Council managers have volunteered to take a 10% pay cut and forego the performance-related part of their pay packet.

The authority’s 32 assistant executive directors and heads of service have opted to follow the example of their bosses in the executive management team, it has been announced.

The latest sacrifice by senior officers will save £350,000 a year from the council’s wage bill. That is now added to the £150,000 forfeited by the top seven employees.

Liverpool’s new interim chief executive, David McElhinney, said: “The whole team feel strongly that they should offer up some of their salaries to demonstrate their commitment to the city. Tough times lie ahead for everyone in the public sector and we all need to play our part in shielding the public from cuts to services.”

Councillors, who got no increase in their allowances for 2010-11, have welcomed the move.

Council leader Joe Anderson (Lab) said: “I am really pleased that the entire leadership team are accepting that the difficult financial position we are in is something that they can help with, and are leading by example. It sends out a really strong message that we are all in it as a team, ready and willing to make changes for the good of Liverpool and its people.”

He added: “We have to pay the going rate to attract and retain people to lead the organisation, but it is a privilege to serve the people of Liverpool, and I am anxious that salaries are not overly inflated at a time when our residents are having to tighten their belts.”

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