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Responses to the Taxpayers' Alliance Rich List report

Councils are committed to providing value for money to taxpayers,which is why they have cut £1.4 billion from the local government pay bill in the past year, with 90% of local authorities slashing senior management costs in the process.

– Local Government Association

In its bid to undermine public trust in public spending and public services, the so-called Taxpayers' Alliance has taken far too simplistic a look at a complex issue.

It is deeply unfair for low-paid council workers to be hit with a three-year pay freeze whilst bosses and senior managers see their pay rise by up to 50%.

Two-thirds of local government workers earn less than £21,000 and are struggling as three years of frozen pay hits hard. This unjust pay policy has to end - local government workers and their families cannot take any more.

– Heather Wakefield, Unison's head of local government


Who tops the council executives rich list?

Top of the Rich List when redundancy packages were excluded was Geoff Alltimes, then chief executive of Hammersmith and Fulham Council on £281,666.

Mr Alltimes no longer works for the council, which now shares the position of chief executive with another London council.

According to the study, the local authority with the most employees receiving more than £100,000 in 2010-11 was Barnet at 47 - something the council immediately claimed was untrue.

The number is wrong. The Taxpayers' Alliance is cross-referencing two lists that don't contain the same information. The council had 25 staff, including interim staff, on total remuneration over £100,000.

A further 16 appear on the list because of redundancy payments and another six are teaching staff. This number of teaching staff also includes redundancies.

– Barnet Council

Taxpayers' Alliance: councils 'clearly have cash in the bank'

Taxpayers will be astonished that so many council employees are still getting such a generous deal while everyone else in the public sector is facing a pay freeze.

TheTown Hall Rich List shows that while councils insist cuts can only mean pressure on frontline services, some clearly have cash in the bank when itcomes to paying their own senior staff.

– Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Taxpayers' Alliance