Many point to the fact that some of these are paid higher than the Prime Minister and that pay for those in high positions at the Council should be reduced given the cuts that the Council has to make. I personally agree with this.
However, when people have signed contracts this is difficult to achieve. To make such changes, the Council would face legal costs which would end up costing the Council more.
Nonetheless, Brent Labour has made sure that newly appointed Director’s pay is more fairer. In addition, there is now a female Director in the Education brief which is one of the highest at the Council – thereby dampening the male dominance in the top roles at the Council.
” Radical cost-cutting proposals by Conservative-controlled councils such as Barnet, Essex, and Hammersmith and Fulham are refuelling the Thatcherite debate about the role of the state and could provide a national blueprint for an incoming Conservative Government.
Leading Tory councils are rethinking the provision of local public services, including parks, libraries, and street cleaning, as they confront a severe squeeze on public spending of up to 20 per cent in the years ahead. ”
Much is said over the assumption that there is not much difference between the mainstream political parties. However, historically, the Conservatives have shown stronger support for the market knows best approach, and it seems that this is still a strong ethos held my many in the Party.
However, this approach leads to poor provision of public services as it leads to society being run on the principle that for services to be provided, a profit must be made.
Recent financial strains may mean that public spending cuts may be an inevitable for all administrations, irrespective of which Party is in charge. However, cuts just for the sake of it is the wrong route to take. Instead what we need is for our Local Authorities, and even Government to provide value for money and radical cuts in key services such as parks, libraries and street cleaning is the wrong approach.