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Salary disclosures 'hit councils harder'

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The government’s proposed arrangements to make council managers’ pay packets more transparent will be more onerous than those for civil servants, the chief executives’ trade union has warned.

Responding to a Department for Communities & Local Government consultation, the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (ALACE) claimed the plans for councils will extend to more junior posts and require the release of more information.

Whitehall reporting requirement stipulate that directors’ remuneration reports only apply to permanent heads and others on management boards.

But councils’ new requirement would apply from chief executives down to non-statutory chief officers.

According to ALACE, this would mean regulations would apply to “a chief officer at perhaps third or fourth tier who reports to the planning committee or licensing committee”.

And while council officers will be forced to report pay details for both the current and previous years, civil servants are only required to report information for the current year.

“Local government is not being put on an equal playing field,” said ALACE’s outgoing honorary secretary Alastair Robertson. “I see no reason not to use the civil service rules for us, with minor tweaks.”

The DCLG’s annual report did not give a figure for permanent secretary Peter Housden’s salary, instead stating there were 23 people earning more than £100,000.

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