‘Rich list’ reveals 2,500 bosses earning £100k – and some get six times that …
By Democrat reporter
Almost 2,500 council executives received pay packages worth more than £100,000 last year, according to a report by campaigners calling for lower taxes.
Although West Dunbartonshire Council CEO Joyce White, left, is one of them, she is not in a list of the top 20 best paid in the UK which has been compiled by Sky News.
Some of Ms White’s colleagues in the senior management team in Church Street also receive pay packages above the £100,000 mark.
Slough Borough Council topped the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) Town Hall Rich List, with interim chief executive Robert Parkin getting a payment of £595,077 before leaving his position in December 2017.
“Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with staggering payouts for those leaving their jobs.
“There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raise serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”
But local authorities have defended the packages, claiming salary was only part of the total, which also included redundancy and pension payments.
TPA figures showed 2,454 council employees had pay packages higher than £100,000 in 2017-18 and 608 council employees earned more than £150,000.
A total of 28 council employees received deals higher than £250,000 in 2017-18.
A Slough Borough Council spokeswoman said individual cases were confidential, but stressed that the figures were being “presented completely out of context”.
She said: “These figures don’t just involve almost a full year’s salary, but also pension contributions and redundancy payments, all of which, in Slough’s case, are only what is contractually and statutorily mandated.”
The Taxpayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List 2019 top 20 includes three Scottish Councils – Perth and Kinross, Aberdeen and North Lanarkshire.