Milton Keynes creates new £140,000 job, despite service cuts and staff redundancies

A brand new council post, which pays up to £140,000, has been created amid redundancies that could see 90 
staff out of a job.

From June, Duncan Sharkey will become ‘corporate director of place’ – adding an extra £35,000 to his current salary as managing director of Worcester City Council.

Senior Tory councillor John Bint has criticised the news in light of services being slashed to save £22million from this year’s budget.

Mr Bint said: “Just think how much could have been done with his £140,000 salary.

“That is a considerable amount of front line work for the public of Milton Keynes.

“Why there needs to be three directors to run two 
directorships feels like overkill and one management layer too many.

“Maybe when someone has looked at it in a bit more detail they will realise they should have thought harder about it at this sensitive time.”

The new director has been appointed in an“internal 
restructure”, which will see him travel 85 miles east to work directly under £154,000-a-year boss Carole Mills.

But the rest of the 
employees have to await their fate following a review into staff structure. Proposals will be revealed in July.

A council spokesman said the new role was “pivotal” in taking forward the growth and development of the city.

He said: “Milton Keynes is the fastest-growing city in the country, and one of the fastest in Europe, widely recognised as an economic powerhouse, with peerless innovation and an enviable ‘can do’ reputation as the place that thinks and does things differently.

“The director of place role was funded from within 
existing budgets – in fact we are making savings overall on both management and staffing more generally.”