Council Chief Executive Gets a Pay Rise

So it’s true. At least according to The Sentinel, not known for its unbiased and balanced reporting of matters pertaining to Stoke-on-Trent City Council: Chief Executive John Van de Laarschott is to get an increase of over £5000 per year.

The council were quick to defend the rise, stating it was an contractual increment, the same as many other council staff are entitled to. This is disingenuous. While it’s true many staff do get increments, how many of them would get one of £5000? This was also one of the terms and conditions the council were considering abolishing. Apparently, the Chief has to have a performance review before he gets an increment. So this means Leader Pervez thinks he is doing well. It’s nice that someone does. While I worked there, staff I knew held both the Chief Executive and the council leadership in complete contempt.

The pay freeze for all other council staff is entering its fourth year and council services are being slashed to an unprecedented degree. And yet the council think Van de Laarschott is doing such a good job they give him a massive increment. This is deeply offensive, and in the current climate, completely unjustified. And unjustifiable.

Van de Laarschott should be prevailed upon not to accept this rise. If he threatens to walk, the council leadership should grow some balls and call his bluff. This city can’t afford him. We would all be better off if he left.

You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

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