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TaxPayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List 2022 shows four HBC staff being paid over £100,000 per year

Town Hall Rich List 2022 finds the number of officials receiving more than £100,000 went up to 2,921 during the covid pandemic, with 739 getting more than £150,000.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance provides a council-by-council breakdown of local government executive pay deals.

With families now facing a cost of living crisis, the campaign group is calling on local authorities to stop council tax rises and cut wasteful spending.

As households across the country face council tax hikes, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has published its annual Town Hall Rich List, the only comprehensive list of its kind with a council-by-council breakdown of local government executive pay deals.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the number of council staff receiving more than £100,000 had increased by 119 to at least 2,921 people, the most since 2013-14. 739 of these received over £150,000, 46 more than the previous year and the highest number since the TPA began releasing the Rich List. Of the ten local authorities with the most employees receiving over £100,000, eight of them were London councils.

The former chief executive of Croydon council, Jo Negrini, received the highest remuneration of any council employee in the country at £613,895. This is despite the council effectively declaring bankruptcy in November 2020. Negrini left the council in September 2020, and received a loss of office payment of £144,356 and a pension strain payment of £292,851.

The 15th annual Town Hall Rich List is a vital tool for taxpayers wanting to judge which authorities are delivering the best value for money. This is especially important for residents facing the cost of living crisis, with council tax bills going up across the country.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance is calling on local authorities to stop rises and cut down on wasteful spending by scrapping pet projects and unnecessary pay rises for town hall bosses.

For Harrogate total remuneration:

  • Chief executive £118,505
  • Director of corporate affairs, £115,856
  • Director of economy & culture, £112,981
  • Director, Harrogate Convention Centre, £121,536

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