Today, the TaxPayers’ Alliance revealed that the 18th highest paid council employee in the United Kingdom in 2015/2016 was the Director of Policy and Governance at Oldham Council, named as “unknown”, who earned a whopping £358,000.
This is more than double what the Prime Minister earns.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said the high pay levels are “disappointing” given council tax bills are increasing and local services are being cut.
“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,” he said.
“There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raises serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”
Oldham UKIP agree with him wholeheartedly.
A little research into the official accounts of Oldham Council show that this employee earned £85k in basic salary, but this was boosted by a pay-off worth £257K, added to the £16k pension contribution.
This is added to the EIGHT other senior employees earning over £100,000 a year, as declared in the official accounts.
Oldham UKIP believe this does not represent value for money, especially with Oldham’s tag as the most deprived town in England.
We would call on Oldham Council to ensure that taxpayers’ money is directed into ensuring the endless cuts to vital services are stopped, not wasted on excessive pay packages to their colleagues.