Nearly 3,500 senior council staff are paid more than £100,000, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) annual Town Hall Rich List.
The figures show details of all local government employees who received remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2013-14. The list shows 130 councils had at least 10 employees earning this amount of money.
Chancellor George Osborne told the Daily Mail he plans to issue new guidance on public sector pay and terms, setting out ‘acceptable’ levels of pay.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TPA, 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.’