Heather Jameson 20 April 2017

TPA shows the cost of senior staff – not the value

TPA shows the cost of senior staff – not the value image

Another year, another TaxPayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List is published – and is as wildly misleading as ever.

It may be good fodder for a tabloid headline but the Rich List does little to inform the debate on public sector salaries. By listing top-level salaries alongside pay-offs and pension packages, the TPA gives a deeply skewed impression of just what a council chief executive earns – before you even start to consider what the right level is for salaries.

It is nearly 20 years since the first English authorities started to hire chiefs on £200,000 plus. What is remarkable is how little top salaries have risen since then and how slim the gap between council chiefs’ pay and their directors’ has become.

Read the feature in full for free here.

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