Thursday, 30 April 2009

Edinburgh Council top earners revealed

In December last year the Tax Payers Alliance submitted a Freedom of Information question to all councils in the land for details of all salaries and payments to employees amounting to over £100,000. Edinburgh Council declined to provide the information on the grounds it was not required to release such information on data protection grounds. The TPA report - with the Edinburgh information lacking - can be found here.

Actually most other councils did provide the information and the reason given was not valid - certainly for senior officials. Indeed today it was indicated to me that failure to release had been a mistake! (Actually, the Evening News had received already obtained it under FOI)

So just for the record here are the details of how much you, the tax-payer pay your top Edinburgh officials. I understand that all of them are (or were) in the local authority pension scheme for which add another 19% in employer contributions which are paid from the public purse - plus there will be other administrative employment costs.

2006/07
Name (Post, Remuneration)
Tom Aitchison Chief Executive £147,231
Roy Jobson Director of Children and Families £121,223
(+ payments of £9,092*)
Andrew Holmes Director of City Development £111,906
Jim Inch Director of Corporate Services £111,906
Donald McGougan Director of Finance £111,906
Mark Turley Director of Services for Communities £111,906
Peter Gabbitas Director of Health and Social Care £104,552**

2007/08
Name (Post, Remuneration)
Tom Aitchison Chief Executive £150,912
Gillian Tee Director of Children and Families £130,629
Andrew Holmes Director of City Development £114,705
Jim Inch Director of Corporate Services £114,705
Donald McGougan Director of Finance £114,705
Mark Turley Director of Services for Communities £114,705
Peter Gabbitas Director of Health and Social Care £109,781**

* payments to cover additional responsibility during transition to Departments of Health & Social Care and Children & Families
** the Director of Health and Social Care post is part-funded by the Council but paid through NHS payroll. The post is also subject to an additional management allowance in the region of £4,000 – 5,000 per annum, paid by the NHS

There were no bonuses (other than that relating to the Health and Social Care Director), benefits in kind, car allowances or redundancy payments paid to these individuals in 2006/07 and 2007/08. Other personal payments, such as reimbursement of expenses, do not constitute a component of remuneration. Additionally, payments made for returning officer duties are set and paid by the Scottish Government and are not considered to be part of Council remuneration.

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