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Fire Service Continues Financial Transparency

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has released details of its highest paid staff in a move towards greater transparency.

"The decision to publish this information is part of a wider programme of making the Service more transparent."

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer

The Service has published on its website the job titles and numbers of those with a salary of over £50,000 a year. The move comes less than two months after the Service started publishing details online of all invoices over £500.

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer said: "The decision to publish this information is part of a wider programme of making the Service more transparent. Our openness has already received backing from Fire Minister Bob Neill, as this supports the Government’s bid to make local authorities more transparent. Our next step will involve publishing salary details for all staff members."

Cllr Bloomer added: "The number of top earners equates to approximately 3% of our total number of staff, so they form just a small proportion."

Fire Minister Bob Neill said: "The release of these details will help local people understand how their money is being spent so that they're better equipped to hold public bodies to account. This kind of action gets local authority business out in the open, revolutionising local government. I commend Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for their continuing effort to support our transparency drive."

To access the information log onto Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk.