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Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, speaking in response to Eric Pickles’ announcement today on local government pay, said: 

“Pay transparency should cut both ways - fairness at the top and fairness at the bottom. 

“Labour has proposed changes to the Localism Bill which would require councils to openly discuss not only what is being paid to senior staff, consultants and contractors but also the lowest paid council staff. 

“The Tory-led Government need to make clear whether they will back Labour’s proposals to shine a light on good and bad practice at the top and the bottom, wherever taxpayer’s money is being spent. 

“Eric Pickles has also yet to make clear whether his proposals for local government will be extended to other parts of national government, quangoes and the public sector.” 

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