The Local Government Association has hit back at a report showing some 2,000 senior council workers are earning more than £100,000 a year.
An LGA spokesman said the Taxpayers' Alliance research actually showed "salaries for senior officers in local government are continuing to fall".
The spokesman also pointed out that senior managers are responsible for vital "life and limb services" such as child safeguarding and adult social care.
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