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Age of Austerity? More than 2,000 council employees raking in over £100,000 a year

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Finance

Age of Austerity? More than 2,000 council employees raking in at least 100,000 a year Age of Austerity? More than 2,000 council employees raking in at least 100,000 a year

In an age of extreme austerity, the desolation of public services and countless council cuts, a list has appeared guaranteed to make many rush to the sick bucket.

For the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has revealed a list of the UK's council employees whose total annual remuneration exceeds £100,000.

A shocking 2,181 local authority staff took home over £100,000 during 2012/13 - a total taxpayer-funded beano of nearly £300 million.

In an age which has seen £7 billion slashed from the housing benefit budget, public sector pay frozen, essential NHS services closed down and libraries folded, many will find Knowsley Council's decision to more than double the number of staff its pays more than £100,000 a year questionable at best.

The council with the greatest amount of £100,000+ Club members is Glasgow, which has seen fit to employ 32 personnel on dizzying wages.

And Glasgow Council also employed the most handsomely rewarded individual in the entire local government sector. David Crawford, the council's former executive director of social care services received £486,303 in 2012/13, the total including a golden goodbye redundancy package.

And the TPA's list reveals that the largest remuneration package excluding larger than usual, one-off payments due to redundancy or retirement was received by one lucky I. Craig, managing director of Lothian Buses, a subsidiary 91% owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, who received £300,081.

Over the whole of the UK, there were 52 councils with at least 10 employees receiving more than £100,000 in 2012-13.

Meanwhile, Paul Martin, chief executive of Wandsworth Council, was the highest paid council CEO not in receipt of one-off payments due to redundancy. The lucky blighter took home £274,224.

But the news gets worse. According to the TPA, the figure of 2,181 employees on over £100,000pa is an understatement, writing "The opacity of some councils’ accounts makes it impossible to separate teaching staff from council staff. To ensure accuracy, some data which would have shown more council employees receiving £100,000 or more in 2012-13 has been omitted."

This is the fourth year that the TPA has published its 'Town Hall Rich List'.

24dash's base of Hereford also saw a colossal slab of tax-payers' cash paid to one individual. Chris Bull, chief executive of Herefordshire County Council, took home £281,166.

The orgy of high salaries are unlikely to play well in many of the nation's households. The Tory-led coalition's funding cuts have seen public services and wages blitzed across the country.

TPA chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: "Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets. Many rank-and-file staff in local councils will be equally appalled - at a time when councils across the country are freezing pay, it appears the money they’re saving is being used to line the pockets of town hall tycoons."

The TPA's full lists and figures can be found here.

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