In January 2009, the council pledged to reduce the number of non-school employees earning more than £50,000 by 10%. Today’s figures suggest that once non-filled positions are factored in, they have achieved a figure closer to 17%.
The council received criticism last week, after it was revealed that nearly all of the savings made from youth service cuts would be swallowed up by the severance packages of just three senior council officials.
A total of £670,000 was paid out to three executives. Assistant legal chief executive Liz Bashforth received a payout of £331,867. Colleagues Ken Green and Ron Barraclough received £200,000 and £125,000 respectively.
Under the last Labour council, the number of employees earning more than £50,000 was around 136. This has so far been reduced to 119.
Councillor Simon Clement Jones, cabinet member for finance said: “After seeing the number of senior managers at the Council spiral out of control under Labour, Liberal Democrats promised to reduce their numbers by 10%. We have delivered just that. However, I’m delighted that we have managed to go even further so that local taxpayers save more.
“At a time when we are looking at reductions in funding it’s vital that we crack down on the waste and bureaucracy that has been built up in the Town Hall during Labour’s time in control. Liberal Democrats in Sheffield understand that we need to concentrate our resources on maintaining vital front lines services whilst keeping Council Tax down.”