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 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 top news
Diane Abbott said Labour's position is to have 'less bureaucracy' in order to allow easy movement for EU migrants.
Two police officers were left in a critical condition after they were struck by a car as they were making their way back to their vehicle.
Six people have been killed and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday.