Council chief defends new £83,000 executive job

Daily Echo: Council chief defends new £83,000 executive job Council chief defends new £83,000 executive job

Bosses at Hampshire Council Council have defended the appointment of the new senior manager.

Leader Ken Thornber says the new role is vital in helping boost the local economy.

In a statement he said: “We have reduced the number of senior managers across the county council by 25 per cent, saving millions of pounds on our pay bill and reducing overheads as part of our £100m cost reduction programme.

“The previous director of economic development retired and was not replaced. The assistant director for economic development post was kept vacant during this cost reduction process.

“Therefore, with the national focus on promoting economic development and growth, the county council sees this as a priority requiring operational leadership through the existing vacancy for an assistant director, hence the recent recruitment.

“Central government is clear that councils have a key role to play in supporting local economies, particularly given the current economic climate. We do this through a number of work streams, including apprenticeships, partnerships with local businesses and bidding for infrastructure funding for Hampshire.

“Hampshire has done very well in recent competitive funding bids to central government on transport to support our local economy, and I was very pleased to welcome Eric Pickles to Hampshire recently to discuss how we, and our neighbours, can most effectively work together to support economic growth.

“Economic development is important to us all, and it would be a mistake to assume that any area can take economic success and prosperity for granted.”

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8:11am Mon 22 Oct 12

Solomon's Boot says...

So, what makes him worth £83,000? We have to suffer with cuts, and so should these greedy money grabbers. MPs wages should be cut too, and their expenses should be made public before they're submitted.....Let US decide what we should and shouldn't pay for.
So, what makes him worth £83,000? We have to suffer with cuts, and so should these greedy money grabbers. MPs wages should be cut too, and their expenses should be made public before they're submitted.....Let US decide what we should and shouldn't pay for. Solomon's Boot
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10:43am Mon 22 Oct 12

10 Minute Man says...

So what are the SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, time-boxed) objectives which the candidate has to meet in order to justify the total cost of his employment ?

i.e. is this post to be filled by a lunch-munching schmoozer or someone who is going to make a difference, and how is that going to be measured ? Taxpayers would like to know.
So what are the SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, time-boxed) objectives which the candidate has to meet in order to justify the total cost of his employment ? i.e. is this post to be filled by a lunch-munching schmoozer or someone who is going to make a difference, and how is that going to be measured ? Taxpayers would like to know. 10 Minute Man
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10:46am Mon 22 Oct 12

Torchie1 says...

Solomon's Boot wrote:
So, what makes him worth £83,000? We have to suffer with cuts, and so should these greedy money grabbers. MPs wages should be cut too, and their expenses should be made public before they're submitted.....Let US decide what we should and shouldn't pay for.
Do you think letting 'US' decide what 'we' should pay for would be any more effective than letting 'US' decide where to build renewable energy sources? 'US' get the chance to decide at the Ballot Box.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon's Boot[/bold] wrote: So, what makes him worth £83,000? We have to suffer with cuts, and so should these greedy money grabbers. MPs wages should be cut too, and their expenses should be made public before they're submitted.....Let US decide what we should and shouldn't pay for.[/p][/quote]Do you think letting 'US' decide what 'we' should pay for would be any more effective than letting 'US' decide where to build renewable energy sources? 'US' get the chance to decide at the Ballot Box. Torchie1
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10:56am Mon 22 Oct 12

peenut81 says...

Quoting that you met Eric Pickles is not the best way to defend your corner, the man knows nothing about anything of any practical use.
On the new chap..... http://uk.linkedin.c
om/pub/david-fletche
r/a/28/16
With a background in engineering I wonder if his knowledge of how modern finance is set up to to maximise the exploitation of business and individuals is good enough so as not to sign Hampshire up for any daft PPI schemes?...
Quoting that you met Eric Pickles is not the best way to defend your corner, the man knows nothing about anything of any practical use. On the new chap..... http://uk.linkedin.c om/pub/david-fletche r/a/28/16 With a background in engineering I wonder if his knowledge of how modern finance is set up to to maximise the exploitation of business and individuals is good enough so as not to sign Hampshire up for any daft PPI schemes?... peenut81
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