Wednesday, 25 April 2012

More than 150 senior council executives pocketed pay and perks packages in excess of £100,000 in the North East and North Yorkshire, figures reveal today.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance’s (TPA) sixth annual Town Hall Rich List shows 3,097 local government workers were awarded six-figure sums in 2010-11 – up 13 per cent on the previous year – and 162 of those were in this region.

The top earners named were Roger Kelly, who retired as Gateshead chief executive in March, on £252,838; and Durham’s George Garlick, on £243,728.

Northumberland had the most staff earning six-figure packages, with 24 – three more than Durham.

Nationally, 52 staff received more than £250,000 – up from 45 in 2009-10; 658 received between £150,000 and £250,000; and 1,146 received between £90,000 and £100,000; The Rich List comes as the GMB union claims 214,000 council workers have lost their jobs since December 2010 and the UK teeters on the brink of a double-dip recession.

Matthew Elliott, TPA chief executive, said: ‘Taxpayers will be astonished that so many council employees are still getting such a generous deal while everyone else in the public sector is facing a pay freeze.

‘The Town Hall Rich List shows that while some councils insist cuts can only mean pressure on frontline services, some clearly have cash in the bank when it comes to paying their own senior staff.’

The British National Party’s local council manifesto states that the Party would cap council salaries at £100,000 and cut councillors’ expenses and remuneration.

Applying this policy to County Durham Council alone would save £678,492 a year, including reductions to expenses and pension contributions. A further revision of the other excessive salaries at councils would save even more.

The LibLabCon policy, on the other hand, is to continue to pay council fat cats exorbitant salaries while cutting frontline services.

You can see the full Town Hall Rich List on the Taxpayers’ Alliance site here.


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