Senior staff received pay rises after Norfolk County Council bonus scheme was scrapped

Picture shows the then Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council, David WhiteFor EDP

Picture shows the then Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council, David WhiteFor EDP - Credit: Archant

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.

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