Call for evidence on local government chief officers' remuneration

17 December 2013

The Communities and Local Government Committee is to conduct an inquiry into the remuneration received by chief officers in local government.

Terms of reference

The Committee seeks submissions on the remuneration (that is salaries, pensions and exit packages) paid to chief officers in local government and how it is determined.

To assist those submitting evidence the Committee expects to cover the following matters:

  • the rationale for remuneration paid to chief officers in local government;
  • arrangements for determining remuneration and increases in salaries;
  • how efficiency and effectiveness are measured and related to remuneration, and also to redundancy packages;
  • the extent to which remuneration varies between type of authority, region and gender and the reasons for the variation;
  • how remuneration compares with similar jobs in the public and private sectors;
  • how chief officers’ pay compares with average local government pay, and whether chief officers’ pay has increased at a disproportionate rate;
  • the skills required by chief officers and market rate for those skills;
  • the experience of local authorities that have shared chief executives and management structures, or have deleted the post of Chief Executive; and
  • the effect of merger of local authorities’ back office services on the employment prospects of chief officers.

The Committee particularly welcomes any evidence from local authority scrutiny committees.


The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by 12 midday on Friday 31 January 2014. As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.

Submissions should be uploaded onto the website in word format no later than the deadline.

If you have any problems with the web portal please contact Emma McIntosh, Senior Committee Assistant on 0207 219 4972.

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