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Revealed: Number of council staff on more than £100k

The Taxpayers' Alliance says the number of high council earners is falling Credit: PA

The TaxPayers' Alliance has revealed that 2,181 council staff earn more than £100,000.

In the East Midlands, Derbyshire County Council had the most employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2012-13 with 11.

The biggest remuneration package was received by the Director of Children and Young People's Services at Leicestershire County Council - £232,000.

In the West Midlands, Staffordshire County Council had the most employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2012-13 with 28.

The biggest remuneration package was received by the Chief Executive of Herefordshire County Council - £281,166.

'Too many local authorities' increasing top earners' pay

"Too many local authorities" are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll, the Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance has said.

Jonathan Isaby's comments come as the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals the number of council staff earning more than £100,000.

It is good news that the number of senior council staff making more than £100,000 a year is falling, although that may only be because many authorities have finished paying eye-watering redundancy bills.

Sadly, too many local authorities 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.

– Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance

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Search for Shropshire £1m lottery ticket holder

Lottery ticket Credit: PA

The National Lottery are holding an event in Telford today in the hope of finding a millionaire ticket from Shropshire.

The Lotto winner hasn't come forward to claim the £1million prize since the draw on June 28th and it will expire on Christmas Day.

Santa, his elves, a snow-making machine and a spokesperson from Camelot will be there.

The numbers were 8, 12, 28, 30, 43 and 49. The lucky ticket-holder matched all six of these numbers.

Staffordshire based JCB takes £35 million order

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Staffordshire based JCB has taken its biggest order of the year.

One thousand machines, worth a total of £35 million will be made in the Midlands for a UK customer.

It puts the firm, which employs 12,000 people around the world, on course for their best year since 2007.

81% of homes in the East Midlands "unaffordable" for average family

New research from the housing charity Shelter has found that 81% of homes on the market in the East Midlands are unaffordable for the average family.

The charity looked at asking prices for thousands of homes in the region and compared them with average mortgages that first time buyers and families can afford based on average wages.

Single people in the East Midlands have the least chance of getting on the property ladder, with only 6 out of every 100 homes on the market affordable for someone on an average wage, according to Shelter.

77% of properties for sale in West Midlands "unaffordable"

New research from the housing charity Shelter has found that 77% of homes for sale in the West Midlands are unaffordable for the average working family.

The charity looked at asking prices in the region and compared them with the mortgages that people on average wages could afford as first time buyers.

The charity found that single people in the West Midlands have the least chance of getting on the property ladder. Only 6 out of 100 homes on the market are affordable for someone on an average wage, according to Shelter's research.

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Boston and Lincoln see biggest rise in food bank users

Food bank in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV Calendar

The number of people relying on food banks in Lincolnshire increased by ten times in one area.

A report by charities including The Trussell Trust found that food banks in Boston and Lincoln saw the biggest rises in the number of people seeking help. Meals were handed out to more than 10 thousand people across the county.

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Boston flood victims fail to claim repair cash

Thousands of pounds set aside for property repairs following the floods in Boston is going unclaimed.

According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, only around a a hundred and fifty households out of the eight hundred have applied for the five thousand pound "Repair and Renewal Grant."

An event has been held today in Boston Market Place where people could get information about grants, flood warnings and defence systems.

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