Council chiefs top of the fat cat list
CAMDEN has the highest number of workers earning �100,000 when compared to other London boroughs, a report has revealed. Town hall bosses revealed that 23 officers were taking home six-figure salaries after the Times asked why they were not included i
CAMDEN has the highest number of workers earning �100,000 when compared to other London boroughs, a report has revealed.
Town hall bosses revealed that 23 officers were taking home six-figure salaries after the Times asked why they were not included in the Taxpayers' Alliance (TA) annual dossier on council chiefs' wages.
Their shocking admission eclipses neighbours in Islington who have 12 employees on similar wages and Westminster which has 16.
Wandsworth Council, which has the lowest council tax in England, came second highest with 20 employees earning north of �100,000.
June Perry, of the West Hampstead and Kilburn Pensioners' Association, said she felt residents were not getting value for money.
She said: "They cut meals on wheels and they cut home help. What do they do for that �100,000? We're not getting our money's worth out of them.
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"Not only are we paying their wages but we're also paying for their pensions. When they retire they're not going to struggle like us."
Mark Wallace of the Taxpayers Alliance said: "I think local taxpayers in Camden will be pretty staggered to find there are so many people at the top of the council on such large pay packets."
A Camden Council spokesman said the council had provided information about the salary bands for its senior officers on its website.
He said: "In considering what to publish, the council has had to balance the public interest in senior pay with its obligations to its employees.
"Our chief officer pay scheme is a performance pay scheme. It means that individuals' pay increases and bonuses are determined by a performance assessment and our employees until recently have had a right in law for their performance details to be kept confidential.
"As a result we decided that the best balance was to publish salary ranges on the website, which we did last year."
But Mr Wallace said: "It's simply not acceptable to claim this is private information. "This is taxpayers' money being paid to public to fund public services. There is a clear public interest in letting the public know the full details.