Council bosses’ pay is revealed

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COUNCIL chiefs have come under fire for pocketing six-figure pay packets last year.

Fifteen senior council executives – from Derbyshire County Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, NE Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council – all earned remuneration exceeding £100,000 between 2009 and 2010, according to this year’s Town Hall Rich List compiled by pressure group The Taxpayers’ Alliance.

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook group, Teresa Mullins Art commented: “I think we need less chiefs and more indians.” Kelly Harper said: “How can they justify that? It’s disgusting.” And Pixie Dread added: “They’re not worth it.”

Matthew Sinclair, director of The Taxpayers’ Alliance, said people would be “staggered” by the figures. “It’s crucial that senior council executives set an example and have the moral authority to lead spending cuts by taking a pay cut themselves.”

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Compared with many other county councils, we have fewer managers earning over £100,000.”

Chesterfield Borough Council said the report “reflects the high level of transparency in local government” while NE Derbyshire District Council said: “We’ll be sharing our chief executive with Bolsover District Council from April 1, leading to a significant reduction in the senior manager costs of both councils.”

A Derbyshire Dales District Council spokesman said: “Just one employee is paid the going rate for a district council chief executive.”

To see this year’s Town Hall Rich List, log on to www.taxpayersalliance.com.

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