When Labour councillors voted in November for a TEN PER CENT pay rise for the council’s senior bosses as part of an organisational restructure, they assured us that £750k would be saved by employing less bosses.
Alas, just a month later and with an internal consultation on these management changes underway for the next few months, news is SNEAKED OUT that savings will now only be £500k. And, of course, there’s no guarantee this figure won’t drop further before the restructure is complete.
Looks like it’s another con to increase wages at the top in exchange for fuck all.
Oddly, an entirely different story emerged directly from the mouth of the Reverend Rees regarding these ‘savings’ (as opposed to the traditional term ‘cuts’).
When questioned this week about how much his new senior management structure would ‘save’ us, the Reverend claimed the figure had risen to £830K. Somewhat different to the £500k savings figure stated in his own finance report he signed off in December.
Relevant sections of the reports are here:
Meanwhile a presentation to the HR committee just today still claims the savings are £750k:
So where did this magical new pr-friendly £830k savings figure the mayor’s spouting come from? And why are the HR committee still being fed an old figure discredited in finance reports in December?
And what – to use the Reverend’s own farcical management-speak bollocks – is the “single version of the truth”?
So Is this what ‘For the many not the few’ boils down to, or is the wong/right Bristol Labour, I’m really confused. Anyone know?