Should there be restrictions on council pay?
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said councils in England must change the way they set pay packets for their highest earning employees. Will this help make local councils more accountable or is the government just trying to score points in the battle between local and central government?
Eric Pickles wants to amend legislation so that councillors would be required to vote on plans to offer any employees a salary of more than £100,000.
Earlier this week, research by Incomes Data Services revealed that 15 council chief executives in England and Wales earned more than £200,000 a year - more than Prime Minister David Cameron. Is that too much?
Mr Pickles has refuted critics who say the measure is a political attempt to deflect attention from the big cuts in services the government is forcing local authorities to make.
What do you think of the plans? Will this ensure that staff salaries become "democracy proofed", as Mr Pickles claims?
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