Falkirk Council SNP Group has hit out at a recent flurry of appointments of highly paid council officials.
Correspondence from the council’s Human Resources Department confirmed that the council’s Appointments Committee, which meets to apppoint only senior managers, had never met in their first four and a half years since the current Labour / Tory coalition came to power in 2007.
However, in the last four months the committee has met a staggering 9 times to appoint a range of senior council officers with a combined annual salary total of £693,366.
Said SNP Group Secreatary, Cllr Lynda Kenna,
“The SNP are becoming increasingly concerned that Falkirk Council is involved in an unsightly rush to fill senior management posts, some of which have been vacant for four years, while at the same time, claiming poverty.
The current Labour / Tory coalition are cutting jobs, introducing new charges on services for the elderly and disabled as well as a raft of new charges for the likes of Pest Control. These expensive management posts are being filled in haste.
The close proximity of the local elections leaves us with the suspicion that these appointments are being rushed through before the current Labour / Tory Coalition are removed from power and replaced by an SNP administration with the aim of making Falkirk Council leaner and meaner.”
The SNP believe that the true numbers of new senior management appointments is actually higher. The figures don’t show the appointments and by the newly formed Falkirk Leisure Trust, the former Community Services Department transferred out of council control last year.
Cllr Kenna added.
Who knows what the true picture is as we understand there have been several new appointments to the Trust management that have never been reported to Falkirk Council.
The lack of transparency is staggering and has to be addressed.”
These revelations come on top of a recent council report that recommended substantial increases in the salary scales of council directors, a report that angered the SNP.