Cheshire East tops council's rich list for the north west


Recent figures have shown that Cheshire East Council has more employees earning in excess of £100,000 than any other local authority in the north west.

According to this year's Town Hall Rich List, published by The TaxPayers' Alliance, Cheshire East Council had 20 employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2016-17.

The biggest remuneration package of £374,159 in this region was received by Cheshire East's Director of Public Health who is unnamed in the report but at the time the position was held by Heather Grimbaldeston. She who took voluntary redundancy from her role as Director of Public Health in August 2016 with a severance package of £296,738.

The second highest paid officer at Cheshire East was Mike Suarez, who earnt £226,180, including employer's pension contributions of £43,730. He is still employed by the council but has been suspended from his role since April 2017.

The Chief Operating Officer, who again is unnamed in the report, received £177,144 including employer's pension contributions of £39,178. Peter Bates held the position at this time but was suspended in December 2017, following a meeting of Cheshire East Council's investigation and disciplinary committee.

Cheshire East ranked 9th in the united Kingdom with 20 staff members in receipt of £100,000 remuneration or more. The table was topped by City of London who had 31 employees earning over £100,000 and Wandsworth Coucil with 30.

In comparison Cheshire West and Chester had 13 staff members in receipt of £100,000 remuneration or more in 2016-17.

Total remuneration includes but is not limited to salary, benefits in kind, expenses, bonuses, any stated election duty fees, redundancy payments and employer' s pension contributions.

Cheshire East Council


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Nick Jones
Friday 13th April 2018 at 2:34 pm
Absolutely ridiculous !! Waste of money !… And to name but a few additional frittering’s of our hard earned taxes( Not a definitive list ) The cost of Lyme Green (£ 3 million +?), The cost of Co-socious (£ 3 million +?), The cost of the ‘Flawed CEC Local Plan’ (£ 3.7 million+ ?) ,The cost of ‘Corefit’ debacle ( £160k+ ), The cost of the ‘Not a Loan’ to ANSA (£2.4 million+), The cost of the ‘Deliberate and systematic’ failures re; Pollution data and its implication to planning decisions ( £ unknown millions !! ), The cost of a non-independent report into Pollution data (£28 k+ ?), The cost of the previous 4% Council Tax rise declared by CEC as a ‘saving’ [their words ! ] and now followed with an increase of 7% ?? (£ Many more- millions !), The increasing of the policing precept by 5% (£ millions !). The cost of severance to disgraced officers now leaving CEC (£ hundreds of thousands ! )The Cost to replace + pay those suspended or on gardening leave as a ‘neutral act’ (£Millions) Employing Sticky Change ‘Bullying’ Consultants £152k, Employing Lancashire based JGM Spin Doctors (£1.2million ?) The one thing CEC is … that they are NOT VALUE FOR MONEY .. The Cost of That ?... They will find out at the Ballot box !
Alan Brough
Friday 13th April 2018 at 4:46 pm
@ Nick Jones

But in true, blue, tory Cheshire - where the apocryphal monkey wearing a blue rosette really WOULD get voted-in, the electorate are collectively cocking their pistol, taking steady aim, and preparing to shoot..........themselves in the foot!

There just aren't sufficient people who know or care enough about the appalling misconduct, underperformance and staggering cost of this sham council to do anything other than unthinkingly put a cross against any name preceded by that rather telling three letter word "CON"
Mark Toombs
Friday 13th April 2018 at 8:13 pm
How absolutely ridiculous why are these so called council employees been paid more than the Prime Minister she earns £150,402 to run the Country! MPs get paid £74,962 This needs to be brought under control and in line with Government. Who is agreeing to these pay rises
Julian Barlow
Saturday 14th April 2018 at 11:35 am
These ridiculously excessive pay packages are usually justified with the phrase “we need to attract the very best candidates”.

Huge sums of money are then wasted on directors who would be considered unemployable outside the fantasy world of local government.

Ex Legal Services Director, Bill Norman has what could best be described as a controversial past, a fact that can be verified quiet easily. In any sane environment, his ability to attract negative attention from the press and the public would exclude him from the list of potential employees. At Cheshire East it made him the ideal candidate for the job.
Pete Taylor
Monday 16th April 2018 at 8:55 pm
No response from our CEC Councillors?
Hilary Pinnock
Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 3:52 pm
I'd like a rundown please of what they do to earn such huge amounts of money.....seriously. As a local authority tax payer, I have that right. If any of them is worth half that amount, I'd still be shocked. Truly diabolical.

Come on councillors - stand up and be counted by your electorate. Do your jobs. Get our roads and all the other services sorted before taking receipt of your fat pay checks each month.

Maybe then, just maybe, we'd have nothing to moan about............
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 7:46 pm
What amazes me, is that the fact that the Director of Public Health gets such a large salary, and yet, Lidl has not been inspected for quite a few years, and yet I reported the fact about 6 months ago that there were no washing facilities by their baking unit. Waitrose at Alderley has not been inspected at all, and been open for several years, and yet a minute coffee shop at Wilmslow Station has been inspected and relatively new. Also, as I understand that all premises should display their rating, which most do not. And yet this person is paid double that the Prime Minister gets, we are getting no good value at an outrageous salary