Britain to rein in council chiefs paid more than PM
Britain unveiled plans Wednesday to limit huge pay packets for local council chiefs after it emerged that nearly half of them earn more than Prime Minister David Cameron.
As the coalition government pushes ahead with a programme of cuts, councillors will be given the power to block salaries for council chiefs of more than £100,000 (119,000 euros, 160,000 dollars).
The move comes after research showed that 43 percent of Britain's council chiefs were paid more than £150,000 last year. Cameron's annual salary is £142,000.
"The changes we are introducing will mean that local government jobs will now have to be 'democracy proofed' before mega salaries are paid out," said Eric Pickles, the minister for local government.
Since it came to power in May, Cameron's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has embarked on a round of spending cuts and tax rises in a bid to tackle Britain's record deficit.
Cameron is also trying to relaunch his widely criticised "Big Society" drive whereby power is handed to local communities and voluntary organisations.
© 2011 AFP