Figures from the TaxPayer's Alliance have shown that more than 2,500 town hall staff were paid over £100,000 last year.
New figures reveal many councils in the region are earning more than £1m in profits from parking charges, and in one area as high as £13.7m
With the first cold snap of the winter forecast for this weekend, councils are determined not be caught out.
A Local Government Association spokesman has defended a report listing the highest paid town hall staff.
They said pay for senior staff has to provide "good value for taxpayers while ensuring the recruitment and retention of staff with the right skills".
– Local Government Association spokesman
Local government is showing wage restraint as the 11% fall in the number of staff on more than £100,000 a year shows. There has been no national increase in senior pay for five years, including in 2013/14. Incoming chief executives are also receiving salaries that are on average 8% smaller than their predecessors.
Local authorities work hard to ensure salaries are set at appropriate levels and have created the E-Paycheck system to allow remuneration committees to compare their pay rates with similar councils in other parts of the country.
More than 2,500 town hall staff were paid over £100,000 last year, research has shown.
Despite the number earning in six figures falling by 11% between 2011 and 2012, 103 councils were still employing more staff on that level than before, the TaxPayers' Alliance said.
It added that one executive was handed almost £600,000.
A list highlighting the profits councils across the country make from parking charges has revealed that Brighton & Hove City Council is the highest earner outside of London. The council's profits for 2011/ 2012 were up 18.9% to £13.7 million compared to the previous year.
Buckinghamshire's profits were up 9.3% to £6.5 million. The figures come from a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
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