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'Rich list' of council salaries published

Some 2,000 council staff in the UK have hit the £100,000-per-year salary mark, according to figures released by the TaxPayers' Alliance.

The 2012-13 Town Hall Rich List identified at least 2,181 staff who received total remuneration in excess of the six-figure mark, a 5 per cent drop on the previous year's figure of 2,295.

The list also showed 542 council employees who were paid in excess of £100,00 during 2012-13. Of these, 34 made £250,000 annually.

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Council staff earning £100k 'galling' during budget cuts

Council staff earning £100,000 or more is "particularly galling" given the cuts faced by many local authorities, the TaxPayers' Alliance have said.

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the Taxpayer's Alliance said:

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

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