More than 2,500 council workers earn over £100,000-a-year, new analysis of public spending reveals
- The number of town hall officials on six-figure salaries increases to 2,667
- There are 32 local authority executives earning more than £250,000 a year
- It comes as many councils hiked their annual tax bills by 3.9 per cent this month
- TaxPayers’ Alliance has called on councils to cut out waste instead of raising tax
More than 2,500 town hall officials earn over £100,000 a year, reveals an analysis of council pay released today.
The number of bosses on six-figure salaries has swelled to 2,667 – up by 226 in just a year.
On top of that, there were 32 local authority executives paid more than £250,000 a year.
This is up four on the previous 12 months, according to the breakdown by the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
The chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council, based at County Hall in Oxford (pictured), enjoyed a £357,156 pay deal.
The rise in town hall super-earners follows a council tax hike of 3.9 per cent this month – more than double the current rate of the consumer price measure of inflation.
The campaign group added that 667 local authority staff were on more than £150,000 a year by April 2019, an increase of 60 on the previous year.
The authority with the highest number of six-figure earners was Essex County Council, with 35 people on more than £100,000.
The UK’s biggest remuneration package was £615,550 given to the chief officer for health and social care at North Lanarkshire, near Glasgow.
Others with rich rewards were Birmingham’s chief operating officer for strategic services with £398,396 and the head of highways and public protection in Sefton, Merseyside, with a £372,840 package.
The chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council enjoyed a £357,156 deal.
Salaries paid by councils to their top staff were curbed after the 2010 election when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition clamped down on local government spending.
But authorities were allowed to impose greater annual council tax increases after 2015.
Since 2016, the annual amount due to English local authorities has gone up 26 per cent from £25.6billion to £32.5billion.
The data, collected by the TaxPayers’ Alliance from Freedom of Information requests, found the number of £100,000-plus earners in councils rose 8.5 per cent in the 2018/2019 financial year compared to the previous year.
Chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, John O’Connell, has urged councils to cut out waste and prioritise key services without ‘pushing tax hikes on residents’
It said: ‘Taxpayers deserve to know if they are getting value for their hard-earned money.’
The campaign group called for a new freeze on council tax and for spending to be redirected to social care and public health services.
Chief executive John O’Connell added: ‘The coronavirus crisis means frontline council services are more crucial than ever but, at the same time, household budgets face an enormous squeeze from crushing council tax rises.
‘The country needs every council to cut out waste and prioritise key services without resorting to punishing tax hikes on residents.’