t’s been a long haul exhausting the Freedom of Information procedures, but in today’s letter I reveal the salaries/salary scales of various of the local authority clerks.
Ramsey, Braddan, Port St Mary and Castletown volunteered the information; the rest refused which meant that I had to exhaust the Freedom of Information Act procedures to obtain the information below.
These are the results of my requests –
Ramsey – clerk’s current salary = £74,634.5. Salary scale maximum = £77,868.
Braddan – clerk’s current salary = £71,811.74.
Ports St Mary - clerk’s current salary = £58,617. Salary scale maximum £61,307.22.
Castletown – clerk’s current salary = £62,633. Salary Scale maximum = £62,633.
These four local authorities refused to provide the current salary, but released the salary scale/maximum –
Douglas Borough Council - chief executive officer’s salary scale maximum = £125,228
Garff – Both clerks received remuneration during financial year 2022/2023 in the pay band of £40,000 to £50,000’ meaning the ratepayers of Garff could be paying up to £100,000 a year for clerking duties
Port Erin – Salary scale maximum = £74,999.
Peel – Pay Band - £50,000 to £74,999. Peel refused to disclose where the Clerk’s salary sits within that band.
So, there you have it folks. Only four local authorities agreed to volunteer the information which I requested . It would appear that the spirit of ‘openness and transparency envisaged by the Freedom of Information Act is obviously not yet a feature in the workings of the other authorities.
Share your views with our readers.
Write to: Opinions, Isle of Man Examiner and Manx Independent, 18 Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 2PT or email:
Don’t forget to include your name, FULL home address and a daytime phone number even if you want to be anonymous in print.
Obviously, we need to be able to verify the identity of everyone whose letter we publish.
We don’t print phone numbers or full addresses and respect anonymity if the author requests it.