Staffordshire Moorlands chief executive to get pay cut

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Four senior managers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are to have their pay cut as councillors look to save £3m by 2014.

The council has confirmed it will reduce its revenue budget from £13m to £10m over the next three years.

Senior management posts will drop from about 90 to 60, voluntary redundancies will be approved and a "limited number" of compulsory redundancies is expected.

The chief executive and three executive directors will also not get bonuses.

The Conservative-run council will also continue to share services with other authorities.

In July 2009, the council said it would be sharing some staff and services with High Peak Borough Council over the county border in Derbyshire to save money.

'Health promotion cut'

Councillor Gill Heath, in charge of finance at the district council, said the alliance had already saved £1.4m since its introduction.

She said she would not talk about figures regarding chief executive Simon Baker's pay cut and bonuses but said it would be revealed in the final budget next month.

"Simon and the other directors are going to accept a less salary and are not having PRPs (performance-related pay).

"I'm not prepared to give figures at this stage because it will come out in the budget."

Detailing the cuts, the council said spending was proposed to fall by £1.3m in the next financial year, with further reductions of £1.4m and £900,000 in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

"The slimming of the budget responds to a 14% real-terms cut in government funding in 2011-12 and a 26% fall over two years," a spokesman said.

There will be another council tax freeze for the second year running, they added.

Discretionary services such as arts, sports and health promotion will have their budget reduced.

The budget will be signed off on 5 March, the council said.

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