More than 2,200 council staff earned over £100,000 last year – many of them pocketing generous redundancy packages, it has been revealed.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance obtained the pay details from reports and FOI requests
Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance found 2,295 local authority workers were paid six-figure sums in 2009-10, up 18% on the previous year.
The number receiving in excess of £250,000 has more than doubled from 19 to 48 over the same period.
South Somerset chief executive Phil Dolan was top of the “Rich List”.
His redundancy package on stepping down from his job last March totalled £569,000.
He received £157,000 in pay and allowances, another £6,000 in “benefits in kind”, £167,000 in compensation for loss of office and £239,000 in contributions to his pension.
South Somerset Council insisted Mr Dolan was offered the same deal as junior staff, and sharing a CEO with East Devon District Council was already saving the public purse £96,000 a year.
Households have seen their council tax bills double over the last decade and deserve better value.
Matthew Sinclair, TaxPayers’ Alliance
TaxPayers’ Alliance director Matthew Sinclair said people would be “staggered” at the generous remuneration.
The information was obtained from annual reports and through freedom of information requests.
“Households have seen their council tax bills double over the last decade and deserve better value,” Mr Sinclair said.
Local Government minister Grant Shapps said pay and perks at town halls had gone “through the roof” under Labour.
“The new Government is opening up the pay of middle and senior management to greater scrutiny,” he said.
“(It) will require any six-figure salaries to be approved – or vetoed – by elected councillors in the full public glare of the council chamber.
“In these tough times of paying off Labour’s deficit, town hall bosses should consider following Government ministers and take a pay cut to lead by example.”