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A union has criticised Cheshire fire service after it awarded its top officers pay rises while planning to axe 48 firefighter jobs.
Chief fire officer Paul Hancock get a two per cent pay rise, taking his annual salary to £155,890 while his deputy Mark Cashin will earn £133,118. The pair also got one-off bonuses of £4,676 and £3,993 respectively.
Firefighters pay falls under the government’s one per cent public sector pay cap.
The service is also trying to save £4m from its budget over the next three years and is planning to scrap the aerial appliance based at Macclesfield fire station.
The Cheshire branch of the Fire Brigades Union said its members were “outraged” by the deal.