COUNCIL chiefs have been handed a pay rise after independent auditors recommended the move after they took on additional responsibilities following a restructure.
Four senior members of staff at South Derbyshire District Council, including chief executive Frank McArdle, have been handed minimal increases after upping their workloads in the wake of changes that saw more than £2 million saved over five years.
The move comes after a series of reviews at the authority, launched in the wake of a cut in national funding, saw its senior team shrink from nine to four.
Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council, said: “The council has moved to a more strategic and streamlined management structure in response to the reduction in national funding.
“Two restructures have seen the number of senior officers change from nine to four to save more than £2 million over five years.
“To help us meet the challenges of the future, these members of staff have taken on additional roles and responsibilities.
“Salaries have been set using advice from an independent body to ensure that we continue to offer the best possible value for money to taxpayers.
“The officers will oversee exciting projects such as the rollout of the new recycling service, attracting inward investment into the district, adopting our Local Plan, building the first council homes in a generation and creating an Olympic legacy.
“We have taken a great deal of care to make the right changes to enable us to deliver on our intention of doing more with less.”
The Mail previously reported that Mr McArdle received £133,835 in salary, fees and allowances and pension contributions during the 2010-11 financial year according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Alliance .
The last reshuffle at the district council in April saw operations director Mark Alflat and democratic services manager Neil Betteridge accept voluntary redundancy from the authority following careers each spanning several decades.
Despite having to slash its budgets in a bid to cut costs, the authority has always vowed that services would not be cut as it attempts to save money.