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  • TaxPayers' Alliance report claims that there were 32 county council employees on more than £100,000 in 2015-16

    Henry James

    A TOTAL of 32 employees at Lancashire County Council were paid more than £100,000 in the financial year 2015/16, according to a report issued by the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

    Statistics released by the campaign group also show that in the same financial year - the most recent full year for which data is available - West Lancs Council had two employees earning more than £100,000.

    The figures for Lancashire County Council were the highest in the North West but a spokesman for the authority said that they included redundancy payments made due to “significant transformation.”

    A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Council tax bills have just been issued for this financial year and many taxpayers will see significant increases. At least a third of Britain’s biggest councils have already announced council tax increases by 4.99 per cent, the maximum increase that does not require a referendum.

    “Councils have justified this, in part, by saying that they have made all the savings they can. However, our Town Hall Rich List shows that many local authorities increased the amount they spent on senior management in 2015-16.

    “The Town Hall Rich List is the only way to compare different authorities, and the significance of the research has been recognised in Parliament, where it has been referenced by MPs on both sides of the House.”

    Deborah Barrow, head of human resources for Lancashire County Council, commented: “The council has been undergoing significant transformation due to reduced budgets and increased demand for services. As part of this process, some staff have left the council and therefore some of these figures include their redundancy payments.”

    And a spokesman for West Lancs Council stated: “In 2015/16 the council agreed the voluntary redundancy of the council’s managing director (people and places), saving the council £103,507 per annum.

    “The post carried a salary package of £86,596 in 2015/2016. The figure quoted by the TaxPayers’ Alliance includes pension contributions and the redundancy payment and additional costs to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) incurred as a result of the voluntary redundancy which took place from January 31, 2016.

    “Kim Webber, the council’s former managing director (transformation), became the council’s chief executive from March 1 2016.

    “In 2015/16 Ms Webber was paid a salary package of £96,593. Employer contributions made to the Local Government Pension Scheme bring the figure to more than £100,000, but these are not part of her salary.”

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