Senior staff received pay rises after Norfolk County Council bonus scheme was scrapped
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Senior staff at County Hall received £160,000 in bonuses in just three years, our figures show.
In 2008/09 seven senior members of Norfolk County Council earned bonuses ranging from £2,300 to £10,500 and totalling £45,300.
In 2009/10 chief executive David White received an £18,900 bonus and seven senior staff received £67,000.
In 2010/11 £48,000 was shared between eight members of staff in what was then classed as 'performance awards'.
And while performance related pay was scrapped after 2010/11, four senior members of staff who in 2010/11 received £17,500 between them in 'performance awards', saw their wages rise for 2011/12, the following year when no such awards were handed out.
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The combined total of their increases in pay was £33,900, way above what the four had received in total in bonuses a year earlier.
A council spokesman said the performance related pay scheme was the same as that operating in local government at the time.
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It provided 'accelerated incremental progression' depending on performance and allowed payments up to a set limit.
He said the 2010/11 additional increments were reported separately to be 'as transparent as possible', but the following year those increments were included as part of basic pay as the reward scheme was scrapped.