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COUNCIL workers in Sheffield have been paying with their jobs as the local authority struggles to meet strict new spending guidelines set by the Government.

And now it is the turn for attention to be turned on senior managers at the town hall, according to Labour.

They have taken up the gauntlet thrown down by the Lib Dem party which, when it was in power, asked for a review of senior posts to reduce management costs. A report was due to have been presented to councillors in September of last year but they are still waiting.

In the meantime 11 senior manages, earning an average of £50,000 have left the council. But there remain some very high-earning officials… with 35 of them earning a total of £3 million a year between them.

Among these are five people on more than £100,000 a year, six on £90,000 to £100,000 and 13 on £80,000 to £90,000.

At a time of belt tightening, such massive salaries have to be examined for their value to taxpayers. And Labour has pledged to do just that with a review even more far-reaching than that suggested by their predecessors.

We know the people of Sheffield in general, and council employees who have already felt the effects of cutbacks, will be waiting with some anticipation to learn the outcome of this now long-overdue review,

Save this historic masterpiece

WE welcome a court ruling that the case against Coal Authority brought by the owners of Wentworth Woodhouse must be heard by a judge.

The authority had tried to hide behind red tape and have the case thrown out, claiming that the Newbold brothers had not provided sufficient information to proceed with the claim that they are owed £100 million compensation after the South Yorkshire stately home was severely damaged, allegedly by mining subsidence.

The property is an architectural and historic gem and is of national significance. It is only right that the authorities get to the bottom of how it has come to be in such a state of disrepair – and who may be responsible for it in the first place.

And equally, it would have been wrong for one side of the current legal confrontation to have backed out of responsibility for answering any accusations because of red tape and judicial niceties.

This long-running saga deserves to be aired in full public view, not least because there is a chance that it may lead to the saving of this masterpiece.