Saturday, 13 December 2008

Haringey - New Director of Children's Services

It is reported in the Daily Telegraph today and confirmed on the Enfield Council website that Peter Lewis is to take over from the disgraced previous Director, Sharon Shoesmith.

The Daily Telegraph article states that it is reported Peter Lewis will be paid nearly £200,000 a year, whilst Mrs. Shoesmith's salary is reported to have been between £100,000 and £140,000 a year. The schools minister, Ed Balls, is also reported as saying that Peter Lewis has the "strong leadership" required to improve services in the north London borough.

If the reported salary for Peter Lewis is correct, this beggars belief. The obvious question is if one person can do the work for a certain level of salary, why cannot another? Who agreed to this massive hike in the wages bill and where is the extra money to be found? What ministerial 'pressure' was applied, if any, to provide this increased salary? Were the residents of Haringey asked if they were prepared to pay this increase?

Maybe the residents of Haringey should ask their new Leader of the council Claire Kober, see here for contact details, these questions.

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