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Minister calls on Andrea Hill to take a pay cut, stop life coaching and banning reporters

The pressure on Andrea Hill has been increased today by an extraordinary and direct call from Local Government Minister Grant Shapps for her to take a pay cut.

Grant Shapps, the local government minister, told the Daily Mail:

Spending money on life coaches or banning journalists from asking questions in our new era of transparency is unacceptable. Andrea Hill needs to do the right thing and make a personal commitment to protecting frontline services by taking a pay cut.

The paper said her salary of £218,000 was £70,000 more than the ptime minister’s and she gets a near £50,000 pension contribution.

It is very unusual for a government minister to make such a direct and personal comment and reflects growing irritqtion in Whitehall.

Tuesday evening: The East Anglian Daily Times has the county council’s response, linking Shapps’s comment with the Hutton report on pay. it starts:

SUFFOLK County Council leader Jeremy Pembroke today backed a new government report into the pay of top public servants.
He said it was right to link pay to performance – and praised county chief Andrea Hill for her “experience, drive and ability to deliver.”

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