Fire chief’s pay criticised

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The first chief officer of the merged Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to be paid more than the First Minister.

A job advert for the post reveals the salary to be £165,000 a year plus pension, car allowance and relocation expenses.

The salary – which tops the First Minister’s £135,605 annual pay – has drawn criticism.

Robert Oxley of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “The new fire service chief will have to take some rough decisions to find savings and to maintain the moral authority to make those choices, the new chief should take a pay cut.”