UNISON has said it's 'outraged' to discover that the external consultant brought in by Barnsley Council to implement £2million of cuts is being paid a whopping £11,000 per month.

Dave Finnegan has drawn up plans to cut 44 front-line lobs, including refuse collectors and highways maintenance workers and to downgrade a number of other posts at the council’s Smithies depot.

While addressing a meeting of the workforce this week, Mr Finnegan was asked about his £12,000 salary and his reply was to say that he is not paid £12,000 a month and it is in fact just over £11,000.

UNISON branch secretary Brian Steele said: "Mr Finnegan’s comment was insensitive and ill-judged. He was addressing hard-working people who do essential front-line jobs and who are facing redundancy and pay cuts of up to £4,700 per year as a result of his proposals.

"His comments were highly inflammatory at a time when UNISON is balloting members on the proposed cuts. It's highly likely that his comments may influence the outcome of our ballot."