This letter appears in today’s Guardian:
Feel free to ask me to justify that Nottingham city council pays our chief executive £160,000. She voluntarily took a £20,000-a-year pay cut when she took up the job three years ago. Ask any council leader to justify what their chief executive is paid, but please stop comparing them to the prime minister. The prime minister, in addition to his £142,000 salary, enjoys free housing, free transport and a range of other living-cost benefits. Then there’s his pension. Now that he’s been in office for more than just three months, he’s entitled to half his salary, index-linked, every year for the rest of his life. It’s all part of the package, even though, like Gordon Brown before him, David Cameron has decided to turn it down. Of course, he can afford that kind of grand gesture, since, like 17 of the 22 others in his cabinet, he’s already a millionaire.
Cllr Jon Collins
Leader, Nottingham city council
I’d like to see an estimation of the real salary of the Prime Minister because the anger and hatred being demonstrated by the government on this matter is getting out of hand!