Council Officer Rich List

(Guardian) – THE NUMBER of local council staff on six-figure pay packages has risen 14% in the last year last year thanks to inflation-busting pay rises, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) annual “town hall rich list“. It finds 31 senior officials earning more than the Prime Minister and 219 paid better than cabinet ministers.

The average 2008/9 increase in the remuneration packages of the top earners was 5% – twice that given to nurses and teachers – despite intense pressure to rein in public spending. New rules introduced by the Government amid concern at spiralling pay and perks at local authorities came into force yesterday, forcing local authorities to publish more details.

The TPA research – based on replies to freedom of information requests – identified at least 1,250 council staff getting £100,000 or more – 151 more than in 2007/8 – averaging £2,418 a week. There was also an increase in the very top pay scales, with 166 on packages worth more than £150,000 – up from 135 the previous year. It identified Kent as the county council with the most officers on six-figures sums (27) and Liverpool the metropolitan district with most (22) – although not all councils responded.

Castle Point Borough Council responded to the FOI request on 6th January 2010. They referred the enquirers to its Website to discover names of the officers concerned. This is what the TPA discovered:-

Name Position 2007-08 2008-09 % Increase 2008-09 Band
David Marchant Chief Executive £145,000 £155,000 6.9% £150,000 – £160,000
Devinia Board Strategic Director Improving the Borough £105,000   £100,000 – £110,000
Andrew Smith Strategic Director Improving the Council £105,000   £100,000 – £110,000
Alan Longford Director of Health & Housing £115,000   £110,000 – £120,000