Earlier today, Harrow Council’s Chief Exec, Lucky Lockwood, held court to at the Chief Officers’ Employment Panel to plead the case for more cash for a couple of his service directors.
First up was the Director of Adult Social Services, who currently earns £104,760 per year with almost a £6,000 per year ‘honorarium’ and a further £2,300 ’emergency response office payment’ on top, bringing him to around £113,000 per year (although both those payment ceased earlier this year). Cash-rich Lockwood put the case that the DASS (snappy acronym used in the papers) be handed a further £5,865 of residents money.
The second was the Head of Adult Social care, who earns £84,933 per year. Again, Lockwood asked to dig deep and throw a further £11,876 of residents’ money into the pay-packet, a pay rise of almost 14%. Not bad after just three years in the post (and a time of record council tax increases) from when he was bought in from Lambeth at the very top of Harrow’s then salary-band. “The current post holder,” says the council, “is keen to stay in Harrow and build on the success already achieved.” Well of course – and would they still be “keen” if they weren’t getting a massive payrise?
There’s no word yet as to whether those proposals got waved through this evening.
The council says: “The Council’s Annual Pay Policy seeks to reduce income inequality….” Clearly.