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Council responds to criticism from Tax Payers’ Alliance

21 February 2013

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has responded to criticism from the Tax Payers’ Alliance over the pay of senior staff, saying the Alliance needs to talk about the situation as it actually is today rather than using old, out of date figures.

In a report looking at all local authorities across the country, the Tax Payers’ Alliance pointed out yesterday (20 February 2013) that NNDC was one of 118 local authorities that increased the number of senior staff being paid over £50,000 between the financial years 2010/11 and 2011/12, with overall staffing costs increasing as a result.

NNDC Cabinet Member for Finance, Wyndham Northam, said in response, “The Tax Payers’ Alliance should really be looking at more recent figures. The situation they describe is completely out of date. The Council undertook a radical restructure of its senior staff a year ago, over the winter of 2011/12, reducing the Corporate Leadership Team from 5 to 3 and the number of Senior Managers from 13 to 7. This has not only helped to improve efficiency, which was the primary aim, but has also reduced staffing costs by £231k.

“As a council we are determined to provide excellent value for all our residents, including tax payers. Over the past two years we have managed to cut costs by over £1m without making any significant reductions in the services we provide for our communities and without raising Council Tax.”