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City's £197k appointment 'out of touch'; Wirral Waters gets thumbs up; free pencils and rulers for sixth-formers scrapped

Published on August 16th 2010.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has attacked Liverpool City Council for being “out of touch” after it offered £197,000 for a new chief executive.
Although a substantial whack, he successful candidate will be paid less than Colin Hilton who received more than £200,000++ a year, plus performance-related bonus. He left the job in June on early retirement with £350,000 of pay in lieu and pension entitlement.

Councillor Joe Anderson, leader, said: “I am confident that there will be a lot of interest from high calibre candidates who want to lead the city through challenging times.”

But Mr Pickles said: “Shelling out taxpayers cash on a bumper pay packet while the rest of the country is struggling in this tough economic climate shows just how out of touch Liverpool City Council is.

The successful candidate will not be entitled to a bonus. The job is expected to be filled by October.

WIRRAL'S planning committee has given the £4.5billion Wirral Waters scheme the go-ahead.
Peel Holdings' 18million sq ft regeneration scheme - the biggest of its type anywhere in the UK - covers 500 acres of Birkenhead Docklands and would take 30 years to construct. Because of its scale, the proposal is to be referred to the Secretary of State for final approval.


A BURSARY to entice city teenagers to stay on in education by giving them a £30 voucher for rulers and pencil is being axed – less than a year after it was launched.Liverpool council leader Cllr Joe Anderson confirmed he was scrapping the annual Stay on In Liverpool scheme which saw city sixth-formers share three quarters of a million pounds worth of stationery.

The city leader branded the brainchild of his predecessor Cllr Warren Bradley a “gimmick”.

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