Council planners see tiny pay rise

The basic salaries of Welsh and English council planning officers rose by just 0.7 per cent between 2010/11 and 2011/12, according to new figures.

The latest earnings survey from the Local Government Association (LGA) reveals that the mean annual basic salary - defined as pay before tax, national insurance and pension deductions - for local authority planning officers in England and Wales in 2011/12 was £30,345.

This figure is only £209 higher than the mean basic salary recorded in 2010/11, which stood at £30,136.

According to the figures, London planning officers had the highest salaries, earning £34,016 on average, while those in Wales had the lowest, earning an average of £27,550.

John Silvester, publicity officer at the Planning Officers Society, said that, given recent job cuts and the "stalling of recruitment" at local authority planning departments, it was "hardly surprising" that salaries had only edged slightly upwards.

The LGA said that its survey showed that English and Welsh councils sliced £1.4 billion from their pay bills between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

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