Council chief executive in line for £47K basic pay boost while council staff to get six percent

Whether it’s university vice chancellors, the chief execs of FTSE 100 companies, MPs or financial traders, there always seems to be a justification for huge pay rises while most staff get little extra. Now that is happening at Shropshire Council. The chief executive is in line for a whopping £47,000 pay rise in basic pay, while staff are expected to get just six percent. I think they should both get the same.

There is no doubt that Shropshire Council pay rates are lower than other councils. There is also no doubt that the council is having trouble in recruiting and retaining key staff. If the council hadn’t cut pay rates in 2011, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

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Councillors propose snow motion to ensure Shropshire doesn’t slip into slow motion

On Thursday 17 May, Shropshire Council will discuss a cross-party motion to get pavements cleared during snow events. The idea is to use volunteer snow wardens and increase collaboration between Shropshire Council and town councils.

Councillors from across the political spectrum believe that more to be done by involving the whole community in clearing pavements. They are proposing that Shropshire Council investigates a snow warden scheme. It should also draw up a protocol for its highways team to work in collaboration with town councils across the county.

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At last we see signs that Shropshire Council is preparing for the challenging future facing our county

Boredom alert! This article is going to talk about Shropshire Council’s corporate plan. It’s not exciting. But the draft plan does at last set out where the council is heading, for good or bad, probably both. Once it is agreed in December, it will provide a better basis for scrutiny and challenge within the council.

It has long been possible to see what Shropshire Council was heading from, robust democracy. It has been much harder to work out where Shropshire Council is heading towards. But that could change with a new corporate plan. Maybe.

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This winter weather didn’t help but the eruption of potholes this Spring is also down to Shropshire Council’s neglect of highway maintenance

It has been bad winter but not exceptional. But the last few months have proved near fatal for the county’s roads. After years of neglect, it doesn’t take much bad weather for Shropshire’s roads and pavements to fall apart. The Shropshire Council cabinet member for potholes, Steve Davenport, says he has “never known things to be so bad.”

The council’s new highways contractor, Keir, is working “flat out” to repair potholes using central government cash. It has done repair work here in Ludlow in recent days. That is welcome and long overdue. But Shropshire Council has slashed its road budgets by £5 million this month and will axe another £5 million next April. And patching roads is only a short term fix to long term neglect.

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