This was to perform the tasks of what were one carried out by Council housing officers, and so diligently has Mr Porter – with his 23 percent pay hike – performed his duties that he has been foremost in contributing to the estimated 25,000 social housing or council tenants across the region who have fallen into rent arrears.
However, if ripping off council tenants in Manchester, or lording it in sunny Rochdale doesn't attract, and you are not particularly turned on by the prospect of raping teenage girls, courtesy of the Mr Taylor's Rochdale Social Services, you could have gone to Caerphilly
where, until recently, it was liberty hall on executive pay.
Unfortunately for them, a report from the Wales Audit Office (WAO) found that £488,927 was paid out unlawfully to Caerphilly officers following three separate decisions: £270,364 in respect of unlawful pay rises, £102,709 in unlawful buy-out payments to compensate for the loss of essential car user allowances, and £115,854 in unlawful buy-outs of additional annual leave.
Huge pay rises for 21 senior managers at the authority were authorised by a committee of one Plaid Cymru and four Labour councillors in September last year, at a time when the bulk of the council workforce was enduring the third year of a pay freeze. But it took a council staff rebellion to get the issue sorted.
Nevertheless, we are so lucky in this country to have such a vibrant, healthy democracy, with such fine upstanding public servants looking after our local interests. And, as Mr Taylor no doubt would be the first to agree, it only makes sense that freezing pensioners should cough-up more than 20 percent of their annual state pensions in council tax, to keep such sterling men and women warm and financially secure.