Suffolk County Council’s decision to remove a petition calling for chief executive Andrea Hill to take a pay cut on the grounds that it was not “not within the legal power of the council to process” is cobblers.
Hill is among the highest paid council chiefs in the country on a salary of £218,592 a year plus the £49,183 that Suffolk council tax payers put into her pension pot.
Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, has insisted that he will no longer tolerate salaries higher than the prime minister’s basic pay of £142,500.
And only yesterday The Guardian reported that the government said “town halls could still avoid some service cuts by reducing chief executive pay….”
So, the signatory to the Suffolk petition ,who has written complaining to Mr Pickles, should get a sympathetic response. But she may not have so much luck with her approach to David Cameron, who has stopped the petitions area of the Downing Street website.