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TOWN CLERK PAY BLUES

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A town council is to review the£71,000 a year it pays its clerk after the district auditor questioned whether the ...
A town council is to review the £71,000 a year it pays its clerk after the district auditor questioned whether the salary was 'so unreasonable as to be unlawful'.

Goole Town Council in North Yorkshire will call in management consultants to assess whether Michael Wheaton's salary is excessive. The move follows a district auditor's report to the 17-member authority.

Mr Wheaton said Goole, like many town councils, had grown 'very rapidly' and the clerk's role had 'outpaced the norms'. The town has a population of 18,830 and annual turnover of £1.5 million.

Asked whether he would accept a pay cut, Mr Wheaton told LGC he would consider it 'if I felt the proper assessment procedures had been gone through and there was an appreciation of what I've performed here'.
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