August 8, 2014 Print

Britain's independent grassroots campaign for lower taxes, The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), has released the 8th annual “Town Hall Rich List”. It discloses 2,181 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000 ($168,065 USD) in 2011-12. According to the TPA, it is the “definitive guide to senior executive pay in local government, making it a vital tool for taxpayers wanting to judge which authorities are delivering the best value for money”. Since the last report, there was a 5 percent decrease in number of local government executives making more than £100,000. However, there are facts in the report that would inflame any taxpayer. For example, Executive Director of Social Care Services at Glasgow Council took home £486,303 ($816,906 USD). This report highlights how executive pay in many town halls across the UK continues to be insulated from economic reality, despite the urgent need to find savings and the fact that many councils claim that they have insufficient cash to fund frontline services, and enforce pay freezes on their rank and file staff. Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, Jonathan Isaby, said, “It’s particularly galling in places where councils are pleading poverty and demanding more and more in Council Tax. Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.” To read the full story, click here. To learn more about the TaxPayer’s Alliance, click here.