Concerns raised about new high-profile jobs

A political row has developed between two county council groups over proposed new roles at the authority.

In December, it announced that three executive directors would replace the previous seven corporate directors at a saving of £540,000 per year.

In a fresh development, members were set to be asked by the Labour administration at a council meeting yesterday to approve chief positions for planning, economy and housing and education and skills, with an annual salary of at least £100,000 for each role.

The Conservative group argues that it is effectively adding another two executive directors and its leader Peter Jackson said: “What makes this upsetting is that elected councillors have been misled.

“I’ve spoken to quite a few residents over the last few days and they are all shocked by the size of these salaries.”

But a Labour group spokesman said: “There are still only three executive directors in place of seven under the previous administration and we are currently reviewing the next tier of management, which will save around £300,000 a year net of the two new posts.”