In support of Peter Gilroy Chief Executive, and the other 7 top “officers” at KCC who are apparently sharing a special taxpayer funded bonanza of £100,000.00, Council Leader Paul Carter informed KM News thus "As an excellent authority, we need to pay the right salaries to recruit and retain the best people possible. However it is worth noting that there is no progression for senior officers, unlike all other employees who have a grade range, and have the opportunity to progress through their grade as well as receive a cost of living rise. Senior officers receive 'clean pay' and do not have the additional benefits others receive."
Precisely what all that means, I don’t know but I’m guessing that maybe its this, were all pretty self important around here and as such we’ll pay ourselves what we like.
What we do know from Paul Francis’s excellent account is that KCC, wouldn’t let us into the secret of how the money was divided up, no doubt, it was subject of a dignified discussion, one can only imagine, perhaps Peter Gilroy, declined his share since he's reputedly paid a quarter million each year, “no you lot have it”, well we will never know! and that’s the way they like too keep it.
So really I have to take back what I said about Cllr Paul Carter, yes he took the tough decision to limit pay increases to 1%for staff, but really cocked it up by allowing these to bods to just carry on as normal. KCC reminds me of all those crazy Labour run councils of the 80’s that were described as Loony.
Just imagine what this lot would be paying themselves if they hadn’t lost £50mill, if they hadn’t set up Kent TV, Kent Healthwatch. It would be intriguing just to know how or what they did to earn this bonus if anything.