Six figure salaries for councils amidst budget cuts

While cutbacks to services are being made within the budgets of town halls across Lancashire, it has been revealed that 50 council officials were paid six-figure salaries last year.

This figure is an increase of 25 per cent on the previous 12 months and included the highest paid local government employee, David McElhinney, who pocketed £280,000 from Lancashire County Council. This salary was paid for his running of the now defunct One Connect Ltd.

The latest revelations were made in the seventh ‘Town Hall Rich List’ – the definitive guide to senior executive pay in local government. The list is a vital tool for taxpayers wanting to judge which authorities are delivering the best value for money

Sadly, too many local authorities in Lancashire and elsewhere are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll.

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.

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.

Lancashire County Council is currently downsizing, trying to lose 2,500 jobs and make budget cuts of £300 million – on top of £220 million already saved over the last three years.

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