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Local council bosses are being paid up to half a million pounds a year, salaries more than three times that of the Prime Minister, according to the annual town hall rich list.
The report by the Taxpayer’s Alliance found that 2,440 council bosses are paid more than £100,000 a year — this means on average, each of the 408 local authorities in the country has six staff being paid these high sums.
Essex - Council - Example - Profligacy - Employees
Essex council is an example of this profligacy, having 55 employees earning over £100,000 and 13 employees earning over £150,000.
Among other key findings of the 12th annual Town Hall Rich List were that a total of 28 local authorities had employees being paid figures in excess of a quarter of a million pounds each. The council with the highest rate of total remuneration for a chief executive was Slough council, which paid its own top officer £595,077 in a single year.
Figures - Expenses - Officers - Top - Salaries
These figures do not count expenses paid to council officers on top of their salaries, however. The biggest spender was Basildon council, which paid out over £125,000 in expenses to senior staff. This makes up a large proportion of the more than £1.1 million spent in expenses for council staff across...
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