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Deborah Cadman, Suffolk County Council chief, to get £13,450 pay rise

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 April 2016

Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman.

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Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman is to see her pay rise to £170,000 from May 1.

The authority’s staff appointments’ board approved the rise during a 39-minute meeting at Endeavour House on Wednesday.

The board, which was specially convened to discuss the proposed rise, was chaired by county council chairman Jane Storey – a veteran councillor who was deputy leader of the authority during the controversy over former chief executive Andrea Hill’s pay.

Ms Cadman’s pay is £156,550 a year at the moment. She has had one pay rise, of 1% since she was appointed to the role in December 2011.

The board was made up of three Conservative councillors, Labour group leader Sandy Martin, and UKIP’s Derek Hackett.

Mr Hackett was the only member to oppose the increase.

He said it was wrong to increase the pay of a chief executive when the number of people employed by the organisation had fallen by about 50% in recent years.

He said: “This is not necessarily the view of my party, it is my own view and that I have heard from the people I represent.”

Mr Martin abstained in the vote because he felt chief executive’s pay should be fixed at a national level to avoid one council being able to attract another’s boss just by offering more money.

However he said it was necessary to pay a sufficient amount to recruit and retain the very best person for the job and he did not support an attempt by Mr Hackett to ask a full meeting of the council to take the decision.

Human resources chief Sally Marlow had told the board that the salary rise was for the position – not just the current chief executive.

Conservative cabinet member Sarah Stamp: “This is not a small or medium sized organisation we have here. It is a huge enterprise with a huge budget. I am happy to support the recommendation that we pay the chief executive this amount.”

She pointed out Ms Cadman will still be earning less than any other county council chief executive in the region.

Three of the board were in favour of the rise. Mr Hackett voted against and Mr Martin abstained.

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