Wage bill is cut

Wigan Town Hall
Wigan Town Hall

WIGAN Council have knocked more than £750,000 off their wage bill this financial year according to the latest figures.

Faced with huge cuts in public spending, Wigan council has made three-quarters of a million pounds worth of savings in cutting the wage bill.

Figures released by the Taxpayers’ Alliance confirmed that three high profile figures at Wigan Council are now no longer on the payroll

They show that in 2010/11, four senior figures took home wages totalling £753,745 which have now been cut.

Joyce Redfearn (chief executive) and executive directors Bernard Walker, Kevin Lawson and David Smith all left Wigan Council in the last financial year. However, the figures do not take into account redundancy pay-outs for the individuals concerned and the Taxpayers’ Alliance say that council workers are still getting paid far too much.

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be astonished that so many council employees are still getting such a generous deal while everyone else in the public sector is facing a pay freeze.

“As millions of voters across the country prepare for local council elections, it is vital that they can make an informed choice about which local authorities are delivering value for money.”