July 19th, 2010
Westminster Council’s Hires New ‘Head of Government Relations’ for £66,000
July 19, 2010
Westminster City Council has appointed a ‘Head of Government Relations’ at a salary of more than either of Westminster’s two Members of Parliament, Karen Buck and Mark Field.
The Council’s new Head of Government Relations will be paid at a rate of £5,500 per month, equivalent to an annual salary of £66,000. Karen Buck MP and Mark Field MP earn £65,737.
Last month Westminster City Council announced cuts to front line services totalling £60 million over the next three years, with a further £10 million a year of cuts expected following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s June Budget.
This month, 66 City Guardians are being made redundant to save £2.1 million a year. Yet Westminster Conservatives run one of the biggest Press and Publicity Department in London, spending over £3 million a year.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“Why does the Council need a ‘Head of Government Affairs’ when Westminster has two experienced and well-respected MPs in Labour’s Karen Buck and Conservative Mark Field? Both MPs are perfectly capable of arguing Westminster’s corner with Ministers and Civil Servants and they have years’ of experience of successfully lobbying for Westminster causes.”
“At a time when Council services are being cut and when hundreds of loyal Council staff have already been made redundant and with hundreds more sure to follow, how on earth can it be a priority for the Council to appoint a Head of Government Relations at £66,000 a year when Westminster already has two MPs doing the job?”