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Town hall 'Rich List' revealed

More than 2,500 town hall staff were paid over £100,000 last year, according to research. Details compiled by campaign group the TaxPayers' Alliance showed the number earning in six figures fell 11% in 2011-12.

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Councils have entered a 'bidding war' for best execs

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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