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Democorruptcy

Should council car parks be named after their executives?

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Following on from the paying for parking at work thread, I always think of council car parking meters as council pension machines. I know there is car park maintenance to pay for but it's because I know how much council executives receive as their Employer's Pension Contribution and personally I think it's too much. I look at a car park and think most of the parking charges from that car park, might only pay one executive's pension contribution these days. Wouldn't it be nice if we knew which one we were paying? In my Cheshire East Annual Report for 2017/18 Acting* Chief Executive Kath O'Dwyer's Employer's Pension Contribution was £52,233 (Her salary is £171,254). One of the car parks could be called The Kath O'Dwyer, it has a nice ring to it? £52,233 is over £1,000 a week. Quite a lot of parking hours towards just for one pension contribution?

I perhaps should explain why Kath is Acting*. Previous CEO Mike Suarez (Employer's Pension Contribution £48,195 in this report and £43,730 2016/17) resigned 2018 and the Council then scrapped their investigation about him. They only investigate existing officers.

Anyway here are some job titles, salary and employer's pension contributions. If you google "<insert your council> Annual Report", you can see what pension contributions your council executives receive and suggest some car park names?
 

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Acting Chief Executive Kath O’Dwyer 171,254 52,233

Chief Executive Mike Suarez 158,015 48,195

Acting Executive Director of People 128,135 38,837

Deputy Director of Children's Services and Director of Children's Social Care 95,909 29,252

Director of Education and 14-19 Skills 84,719 25,839

Director of Prevention and Support 84,490 25,769
110,264

Director of Commissioning (from 15 th May 2017) 73,171 22,317

Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Place 138,035 41,857

Director of Planning and Sustainable Development 99,833 30,449

Director of Infrastructure and Highways 91,776 27,992

Head of Rural and Structural Economy 77,835 23,740

Chief Operating Officer (Section 151 Officer) 138,013 41,941

Acting Director of Legal Services and Interim Monitoring Officer 92,129 27,550

Best4Business Programme Director 77,712 23,095

Head of Finance and Performance (Deputy Section 151 Officer) 77,400 23,095

Head of Customer Services 75,892 23,095

Chief Information Officer / Head of ICT Shared Services 80,721 24,620

Head of Strategic Human Resources 73,641 22,461

Total 2,595,391 678,115 = 26% The total includes some jobs not listed

 

 

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They would be bound to put up an encouraging sign in the car park saying something like:

"Without the parking charge the council would not be able to pay the pension to *********** to attract the best talent - Live Well".  

Cough up saps.

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1 hour ago, Democorruptcy said:
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Acting Chief Executive Kath O’Dwyer 171,254 52,233

Chief Executive Mike Suarez 158,015 48,195

Acting Executive Director of People 128,135 38,837

Deputy Director of Children's Services and Director of Children's Social Care 95,909 29,252

Director of Education and 14-19 Skills 84,719 25,839

Director of Prevention and Support 84,490 25,769
110,264

Director of Commissioning (from 15 th May 2017) 73,171 22,317

Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Place 138,035 41,857

Director of Planning and Sustainable Development 99,833 30,449

Director of Infrastructure and Highways 91,776 27,992

Head of Rural and Structural Economy 77,835 23,740

Chief Operating Officer (Section 151 Officer) 138,013 41,941

Acting Director of Legal Services and Interim Monitoring Officer 92,129 27,550

Best4Business Programme Director 77,712 23,095

Head of Finance and Performance (Deputy Section 151 Officer) 77,400 23,095

Head of Customer Services 75,892 23,095

Chief Information Officer / Head of ICT Shared Services 80,721 24,620

Head of Strategic Human Resources 73,641 22,461

Total 2,595,391 678,115 = 26% The total includes some jobs not listed

 

 

 

It must be very difficult to run Cheshire East. The Chief Executive is paid more than the Prime Minister and most of the executives are paid more than Members of Parliament, granted there aren't  so many of them.

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Car parks are perfect for rent seeking scum like councils - low upkeep combined with a captive market. 

You could nationalise all local authorities and just have one centralised national authority. You could call it the "Government" or something. You would save a ton of money as you would only need one management group overseeing services for the whole nation. Also you could standardise services so that the whole country uses the same waste disposal, education, adult care and housing systems which would grant economies of scale and make planning more efficient (particularly the waste reclamation supply chain - MRFs, energy-from-waste).

Nationalising authorities would also make it easier for the government to rationalise the current council tax into a more standardised, logical and progressive land value tax where the OWNER of the property pays tax on its unimproved value. Instead of having thousands of tax rates there would be 1, 2 or 3 bands. Simples.

In fact I cannot see any good reasons for having services run on a local basis except that it is a RACKET where landowners escape tax and council "workers" are paid to do effectively nothing of any true value.

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This is one of the reasons I have a driver. No parking charges, no dubious security guards expecting a tip, no hunting for parking spaces.

It will catch on there if they make any more of this shit up.

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6 minutes ago, Bedrag Justesen said:

No shops.

No shoppers.

No car parks.

No councils.

It is what I love about Amazon. They pay so little tax and use so little land compared to their revenue that they are in effect the Anti-Council. 

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I'm not an Actuary but the average at the bottom is 26% of the salaries in employer's pension contributions. Isn't that high? In just 4 years the full current salary is covered. The Chief Executive's figure in this report is 30.5% of salary.

Automatic enrolment on the Pension advisory service

Your employer pays: You pay: The Government adds tax relief of: Total contribution:
2.0% of your qualifying earnings until 6 April 2019 then rising to 3.0% 2.4% of your qualifying 
earnings until 6 April 2019 then rising to 4.0%
0.6% of your qualifying 
earnings until April 2019 then rising to 1.0%
5.0% of your qualifying 
earnings until
6 April 2019 then rising to 8.0%

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I forgot to mention as well as car parks, we could name some streets after council executives?

In my OP link for the 2017/18 accounts it references details from the 2016/17 accounts. Including this:

Director of Public Health (to 31st August 2016) 67,735 9,686

This near £10k employer's pension contribution isn't really car park naming quality? However, their £296,738 Compensation for Loss of Employment bringing their total in that annual report to £374,159 is street name potential? That one payment is about the same as a street with say 25 houses averaging £1,200 council tax payments for 10 years. Wouldn't the street name be a nice reminder that your monthly payment is going to help someone who lost their job, in these austere times?

Don't forget if you google "<insert your council> Annual Report", you can see who your most recent council tax rises are helping.

 

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