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.”