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The Taxpayers’ Alliance Releases Town Hall Rich List 2020

The Taxpayers' Alliance has released its Town Hall Rich List 2020, and it makes for shocking reading.

Key findings

  • At least 2,667 people employed by local authorities in 2018-19 received more than £100,000, an increase of 226 on 2017-18. 667 received over £150,000, 60 more than the previous year.

  • The average number of employees who received over £100,000 in total remuneration per local authority is 6.9. This is up by one person per council on last year’s average. The average number receiving over £150,000 is 1.7 employees per council.

  • The local authority with the greatest number of employees whose remuneration was in excess of £100,000 was Essex council with 35 employees. Glasgow had the highest number of employees receiving over £150,000 at 12.

  • The highest remunerated council employee in 2018-19 was the chief officer for health and social care at North Lanarkshire council, receiving £615,550 in total remuneration. This included a pension payment of £350,116, loss of office payment of £119,401 and salary of £146,033.

  • A total of 32 local authority employees received remuneration in excess of £250,000 in 2018-19. This was four more than the previous year.

  • Total expenses paid to senior employees in the UK amounted to £768,930, with the highest amount (£19,170) being claimed by Peter Duthie, CEO of Scottish Event Campus Ltd.

  • A total of 25 local authority employees received a ‘loss of office payment’ of more than £95,000, the proposed cap on payoffs for public sector employees. While this cap has been put into law, the government has still not implement it.

A common myth that many council fat-cats repeat is that, because they have a turnover comparable to a large company then they are the same as a large company and so need to be paid a comparable salary. The two positions are not comparable, other than in the minds of these deluded parasites. A council chief exec can’t be removed by shareholders, has guaranteed revenue income, is not competing in a marketplace for sales, and is not judged on the last three months sales figures. Implying they could run a billion pound company is just laughable, they couldn’t. Confiscating revenue by way of taxation is not the same as generating it in a commercial marketplace. But, of course these bureaucrats would have no concept of this, as they will invariably all have only worked in the public sector their entire careers.

It should be noted that Councils are not the only organisations with this problem, the NHS also employs thousands of non-clinical staff, often with ridiculous job titles, who earn many times the national average, but have no discernible skills whatsoever. Britain is infested by Champagne Socialists, syphoning off taxpayers money long before it gets to the public to pay their huge salaries and enormous pension pots. Even during this time of national crisis there is no shortage of bureaucrats living a life of luxury at your expense.

See which fat-cats are living the life of luxury with your tax dollar by clicking here:

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