Peterborough City Council pay top four employees more than £800,000 in one year

Peterborough Town Hall on Bridge Street.
Peterborough Town Hall on Bridge Street.
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Peterborough City Council paid four of its top employees a total of £816.698 in the year 2013-14 a Freedom of Information request has shown.

The report by the Taxpayers Alliance found Sue Mitchell, Acting Director of Public Health at the Peterborough authority, earned more than any other member of staff council staff in the East of England, receiving £254,466.

Who the big earners are and where in the public sector

Who the big earners are and where in the public sector

Chief Executive Gillian Beasley earned £200,815 while Executive Director Resources John Harrsion received £189,499. A fourth unnamed employee earned £171,918.

In total 17 members of staff at Peterborough City Council earned more than £100,000.

Meanwhile Cambridgeshire County Council Chief Executive received £223,578 and the Executive Director of Children, Families and Adults was paid £154,169.

In total the county council had 14 members of staff paid more than £100,000.

Fenland District Council meanwhile only had three staff members paid over £100,000 and Huntingdonshire District Council had four members of staff.

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Local authorities that are providing more for less and delivering council tax cuts clearly have talented people at the helm, but taxpayers living in poorly performing areas will be furious at the scale of some of these massive pay awards.

“After more than a decade of reckless spending and council tax hikes, local politicians now have to make necessary savings and the pay and perks for the town hall elite have to come under the spotlight.

“We all deserve to know how our money is being spent, and taxpayers should have the right to decide if they are getting value for their money from public servants.”

Further key findings of the research are: The local authority with the most employees in receipt of remuneration over £100,000 was Haringey with 68

There were 130 councils with at least 10 employees who received more than £100,000

The council employee with the largest total remuneration package in the UK in 2013-14 was Jill Stannard, Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council - £411,025