06 January 2010

Council chief executives are being encouraged to pass a New Year’s resolution to publish full details of their salaries and expenses by Northamptonshire County Council chief executive and President of SOLACE Katherine Kerswell.

From today full details of Katherine’s salary and expenses are being published on Northamptonshire County Council’s website on a new page dedicated to outlining the role of the council’s management team.

This will be followed up later in the year with details of all council expenditure over a set limit being published on the website and Katherine believes council chief executives across the country should act early in the year to follow suit.

She said: “It is clear that chief executive salaries continue to be an issue which generates debate. I believe we must act to show we are committed to full transparency on the costs of these roles and provide information to enable full understanding of the values of these roles.

“We should not and need not wait for any new legislation instructing us to do this and indeed we should all be looking at other ways to improve our transparency and play our role in rebuilding faith in government at all levels. SOLACE has led the way in offering templates and advice to all its members in publishing this information.

As well as details of the chief executive salary and expenses the council’s website will also make it easier for people to find out what councillors have claimed for.

Later this year the county council will also be using its website to publish a full list of all spending over a certain level to increase even further transparency for local people on what their money is spent on.

The details of Katherine’s salary can be found on the Corporate Management Team page.