1. ITV Report

Birmingham City Council tops list of staff on more than £50,000

Council House on Victoria Square Photo: ITV News Central

Birmingham City Council has topped the list of local authorities paying senior staff more than £50,000.

According to figures released by the Taxpayers Alliance, around 650 members of staff were on more than £50,000 last year.

Leicester City Council came third on the list.

In 1996-97, the average local authority employed 7 people earning more than £50,000. This number rose to 20 by 2001-02 and again to 66 in 2006-07. In 2011-12, the number of people earning more than £50,000 was 71.

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For too long the senior local government pay bill has spiralled up and up and taxpayers have been left footing the bill.

Whilst I commend those councils taking action, there are still many others failing to get a grip on costs.

This report exposes the fact that town halls still have massive scope to make sensible savings to protect important frontline services and freeze council tax.

– Brandon Lewis, Local Government Minister