Matthew Sinclair Chief Executive from the Tax Payers' Alliance and Councillor Theo Blackwell from Camden Council spoke to Daybreak about the town hall "Rich List" which reveals some of the highest earners in councils across the UK.
Speaking about the salaries of council leaders Mr Sinclair said: "Not everyone can get the very best chief executive and they [the councils] all get into this bidding war, and that's what's happened."
In response Mr Blackwell argued: "You need to have this in perspective here, the pay ratio from top to bottom at a council like Camden is ten to one the pay ratio in the FTSE 100 is 262 to one."
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