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Council boss facing a pay “haircut” – or is that a fringe trim?

THE boss of one of Scotland’s biggest councils will be forced to take a pay cut if Labour win control at the next local election.
But Sue Bruce, chief executive of Edinburgh Council, probably won’t be forced to move home as the proposed cut is only just over 0.75 per cent.
Under Labour’s plans, Mrs Bruce’s annual salary of £158,500 would be reduced by £1,250.
Sue Bruce will be £1,250 a year poorer if Labour take Edinburgh in May
The party’s policy is that no employee of the council should earn more than 12 times the salary of the lowest-paid worker – £13,104.
Mrs Bruce is the only employee of the council currently earning more than the proposed 12 times limit.
Labour group leader on the council, Andrew Burns, said: “This sets a precedent that never again will the highest paid get more than 12 times the wage of the lowest paid.”
Labour is planning a £7.20 an hour “living wage” for the lowest-paid workers if it takes power in the city on May 3. Around 1,800 full time workers would earn at least £13,100 annually under the plan, which is costed at £3.3m.

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