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Salaries for West Dunbartonshire Council officials top £ half a million

Four senior employees appear on the annual Town Hall ‘rich list’.

Council chief executive Joyce White, who receives a salary and benefits of £150,000 a year.

Council officials in West Dunbartonshire received half a million pounds in pay and other benefits in the last 12 months, according to the Daily Record.

She reported that three local authority employees received a total remuneration of over £100,000 a year, according to The Taxpayers’ Alliance’s (TPA) annual ‘Council Rich List’.

In total, the council spent £513,013 in pay and pension contributions last year to four of their most senior staff members.

Joyce White OBE, West Dunbartonshire Council’s chief executive, received the highest salary of £124,956.  She also benefited from £24,074 in pension contributions — taking her total package to £149,030 last year.

The other council employees who received more than £100,000 are Angela Wilson, strategic director of transformation and public sector reform, as well as Richard Cairns, strategic director of regeneration, environment and growth, who both took home salaries of £108,535.  They also received £20,910 in pension contributions.

According to the figures, Glasgow City Council had the highest number of employees earning over £150,000 at 12.

As residents of every local authority in the UK face increased council tax this month, the think-tank is calling for council tax to be frozen and local authority spending to be focused on frontline health and social care services.

West Dunbartonshire Council increased its council tax by almost five per cent this year which they said would help fund free school meals for every primary pupil.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “The coronavirus crisis means that 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 their residents.

“These figures should shine a light on the town hall bosses who’ve got it right but also allow taxpayers to hold to account those who aren’t delivering value for money at this critical time.”

A council spokeswoman in West Dunbartonshire said: “The salary of our chief executive and senior officers are both set nationally with the chief executive’s salary like other authorities linked to the population.

“The chief executive is ultimately responsible for leading and managing hundreds of services including education, social work and housing as well as 6000 employees and a revenue budget of more than £200m and multi-million pound capital investments to deliver regeneration and economic development in the West Dunbartonshire area.

“The council has had a programme in place since 2015 to reduce the number of senior managers in the organisation and year on year this is generating significant savings with the latest reduction in 2019.”

A number of senior managers at West Dunbartonshire were interviewed about the failure to implement satisfactory procurement policies, playing golf and dining out with contractors tendering – of failing to tender – for council contracts.

However, none of the four principals named in the over £100,000 salaries list was one of them, and one of those has since left the council employment.

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