Check your council’s rich list performance


Check your council’s rich list performance


The council’s annual rich list is out and the information provides insights into local government. Instead of lamenting the increase in local officials earning six figures, Guido thought we should probably pay our respects and applaud a council, Epping Forest, where the number of officers drawing six-figure salary packets has dropped from ten to five. Guido notes that there is no Labor Party representative on the council …

The Taxpayers Alliance Created this very simple interactive map so you can see for yourself how your council works:

They highlight that:

  • The number of officers earning more than £ 100,000 has increased fivefold since the council’s richest list was first published. In 2007, 578 council members earned over £ 100,000. In the last financial year, which covers this list, at least 2,921 people were employed by local authorities in this amount.
  • The number of officers earning more than £ 150,000 has increased tenfold since the council’s richest list was first published. In 2007, 64 council members earned over £ 150,000, up from 739 in fiscal year 2020-21. There are now over 150,000 pounds of council officers, compared to a total of over 100,000 pounds 15 years ago.

Something to think about when you consider your council tax bills before local elections. Is the most effective council really with the highest paid officials?

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