Westminster Council to hire a new £125k a year Spin Doctor as Council makes £12 million cuts and axes all Arts spending

Pickles asked to intervene and stop the appointment

Westminster City Council is advertising for a new £125,000 a year Director of Communications at the same time as it is making £12 million of cuts to services to children and the elderly and axing its entire £350,000 a year Arts and Culture programme.

Labour Councillors have called on Local Government Minister Eric Pickles to intervene to stop the appointment. Labour say that, at a time of economic austerity, there is no justification for spending £125,000 of Council Tax payers’ money on another expensive bureaucrat, especially when the Council’s £3 million a year Communications Department already employs;

  • Deputy Head of Communications – £90,000
  • Head of Media Relations – £82,000
  • Head of Strategy – £78,000
  • Head of Policy and Partnerships – £72,000
  • Senior Communications Manager – £61,000

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;

“The Council says that it has axed its entire £350,000 Arts and Culture programme because the money was needed to pay for meals on wheels for the elderly. But now we find out that this is completely untrue and that there is £125,000 to pay for another expensive bureaucrat to supplement the already massive array of well-paid spin doctors working for the Council”

“Westminster Conservatives must think the people of Westminster are all fools if they think they can get away with this outrageous and arrogant behaviour. I urge Eric Pickles to step in and tell the Council to stop wasting Council Tax payers’ money on this unnecessary job”

A copy of the Council’s advert

Director of Communication & Strategy

  • Employer: Westminster      City Council
  • Location: Westminster,      UK
  • Salary: c£125k

Delivering services in a world city that never stops is a significant challenge, requiring innovation and partnership to provide efficient and effective services, for the people who need them.

Westminster City Council is at the heart of a great world city. As a Council, Westminster balances the needs of residents with the demands of a 24/7 economy, business and visitors. Few, if any, other local authorities in the country are required to respond to both the diversity and the sheer volume Westminster deals with on a daily basis.

Westminster City Council is one of the leading public sector bodies in the UK, with a reputation for innovation and creativity in the way in which it delivers exceptional services to the diverse community it serves.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will lead a professional and creative strategic communications unit that supports and enhances the Council’s corporate strategy. You will further develop and strengthen the Council’s brand, reputation and public relations activities with political leaders, policymakers, partners and the media.

This is a highly visible role that requires an exceptional leader, confident, intellectually agile and politically astute. Commercially aware, you will be professionally credible with a proven track record of delivery across all communications disciplines; gained within a politically complex, large scale and high-profile organisation. Strong strategically and tactically you will be calm under pressure and highly experienced in crisis management.

Closing date for applications is Monday 25th February 2013.

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