@SurreyCouncil defends CEO’s remuneration

From Elmbridge Today, County Council defends CEO’s remuneration:

Surrey County Council chief executive David McNulty’s total remuneration in 2010/11 was £253,133, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s Town Hall Rich List 2012 report.

Surrey County Council’s chief executive was paid more than a quarter of a million pounds in 2010/11, according to the latest figures.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance’s Town Hall Rich List 2012 report said that David McNulty’s total remuneration for that year was £253,133.

This, the report added, was made up of a salary of £210,000, expense allowances of £12,053 and pension contributions of £31,080.

A spokesman for the county council pointed out that Mr McNulty, who joined the authority in July 2009, manages a budget of £1.8 billion and 26,000 staff.

“Given the scale of the task we need a top chief executive of the highest calibre to help us go forward for the benefit of our residents,” the spokesman added.

“Anything else would simply be a false economy, especially when he has guided the authority to saving more than £120million in the last two years.”

According to the Taxpayers’ Alliance figures, Mr McNulty’s total remuneration was £176,073 in 2009/10.

The county council said that this covered the nine-month period that he was in post and that he has not received a pay increase since he arrived at the authority.