Enfield opposition group wants answers on council pay policy

An opposition group has demanded an explanation after Enfield Council claimed its comments on the local authority’s pay policy were inaccurate.

The council responded to a Community First news release on claims big pay packets for service bosses breached the local authority’s policies by claiming much of the information they provided was “either factually inaccurate or presented in a misleading way”.

A spokesperson for the council also said the opposition members “should be well aware of how Enfield Council’s pay policy works”.

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But the opposition group – made up of four Labour councillors who quit the party earlier this year – stands by its claims and wants answers from the council.

Cllr Daniel Anderson (Community First, Southgate Green) claimed there was “no mechanism in the pay policy” for the 19 per cent increase that took one executive director’s pay packet to nearly £200,000.

He pointed to a line in the policy stating that under a six-point scale for middle and senior managers’ pay ranges “it will take up to six years to progress to the top of the pay range”.

Cllr Anderson also claimed that a link to information provided by the council in response to a claim it was in apparent breach of the Local Government Transparency Code did not work for several days after the article was published on October 30.

It followed the claim by Community First that the council had failed to provide details of the job titles and responsibilities of staff earning in excess of £50,000.

Cllr Anderson said that when the link became accessible after several days, it appeared to be an old list that referred to “defunct roles” and left out information relating to nearly 600 officers.

An Enfield Council spokesperson said: “Members of Community First have submitted an official complaint to Enfield Council on this matter. It would not be appropriate to comment further until this complaint has been investigated.”

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