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Dozens of council chiefs across county raking in more than £100k a year

PUBLISHED: 00:01 11 April 2017

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Some 26 staff members at KCC pocketed six-figure remuneration packages during the last financial year - the sixth highest in the country

More employees are raking in £100,000 a year at Kent County Council than any other local authority in the south east, according to new figures.

The data, compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, shows some 26 staff members at KCC pocketed six-figure remuneration packages during the last financial year - more than anywhere else in the region and the sixth highest in the country.

The KCC chiefs taking home more than £150,000 includes the director of governance and law and corporate directors for customer and communities, business strategy and support, families and social care, education learning and skills, growth, environment and transport, finance and procurement and human resources.

Meanwhile, Medway Council’s chief executive, Neil Davies, as well as directors of public health, children and adult services and regeneration, community and culture all earned more than £150,000 in 2014/15, though the latter’s packet did drop to a more modest £137,889 the following year.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 over the last twenty years and spending has gone through the roof.

“Disappointingly, many local authorities are now responding to financial reality through further tax rises and reducing services rather than scaling back top pay.

“Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with the number of people on six-figure deals actually going up since last year.

“There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raise serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”

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