Lincolnshire councils’ top earners revealed
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The numbers are included in a report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, an organization campaigning for tax reform and reducing waste of public services for taxpayers.
It has compiled a comprehensive list of UK council workers who are receiving over £ 100,000 in salaries, bonuses, allowances and pensions.
It urges all local authorities to stop municipal tax hikes and cut wasteful spending when residents suffer job losses, freezes and vacation cuts during the coronavirus crisis.
The average number of employees who have received total pay in excess of £ 100,000 per community is seven.
However, Lincolnshire County Council leads the East Midlands region and has 16 employees in 2019-20 who paid more than £ 100,000.
This included managing director Deborah Barnes receiving a total of £ 179,042 including a pension contribution of £ 25,226.
It is estimated that around 130 council tax payments from the average valued tax payments of the households of the Band D households are required to fund this one annual wage package.
The number would also pay for seven new teachers with salaries starting at £ 25,714.
The average salary for a nurse is £ 25,578.
Lincolnshire’s Chief Fire Officer / Assistant Fire and Emergency Director earned £ 164,790.
Four district council executive directors all earned over £ 150,000 while the remainder ranged from £ 137,492 to £ 102,500.
The figures show that East Lindsey at the county council level had three employees who received packages worth more than £ 100,000, and West Lindsey had two.
Rob Barlow, Chief Executive of East Lindsey, received a salary of £ 112,016 on top of a pension of £ 18,595 for a grand total of £ 130,611 annually.
His alternate received a salary of £ 92,276 in addition to a pension of £ 15,318 for a total of £ 107,594 annually.
It should be noted that after a liaison between the two agencies, Mr. Barlow also heads the Boston Borough Council.
The third person at East Lindsey is an assistant director (development) who received a total of £ 126,520, though that figure included a nearly £ 69,000 in compensation for the loss of office.
West Lindsey Managing Director Ian Knowles earned a total package worth £ 129,209 and a managing director of £ 120,768.
John O’Connell, Executive Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “At the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, thousands of town hall officials took huge sums home with them.
“As councils plunged into fighting the pandemic, many workers will have more than earned a living, but households are still grappling with huge and unpopular council tax hikes.
“These numbers shed some light on town hall chiefs who got it right and enable residents to hold those who are not providing good value for money accountable.”
Ms. Barnes, executive director of Lincolnshire County Council, argued, “The county council has a relatively small leadership team for an organization our size, and the number of managers has decreased significantly over the past decade.
“With one of the lowest tax rates in the country, we are confident our residents are getting good value for money.
“Community councils play an important role in our communities.
“For the past year, our senior executives have overseen services that protect our most vulnerable residents and manage hundreds of employees and multi-million pound budgets during the toughest times.
“In order to attract and retain people with the necessary skills and experience,
The largest package of compensation in the East Midlands was received by Bolsover’s joint director – £ 268,554, while Essex County Council employed more than 40 people over £ 100,000 this year.
Lincolnshire council taxpayers noted that the county council increased its stake by £ 26.52, an increase of 1.99 percent to £ 1,364.16. The number of Police and Crime Commissioners in Lincolnshire increased by £ 14.94, up 5.9 percent to £ 266.31 with smaller increases at the county and township / parish council levels.
Some city and town councils chose not to increase their regulations because of the difficulties caused by the lockdown.
With that in mind, Allianz says the number of UK local government employees receiving total pay in excess of £ 100,000 has increased by 135 to its highest level since 2013-14 – 2,802 due to the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.
As councils plunged into fighting the pandemic, households faced tax hikes, leading taxpayers to wonder if their council’s leadership was good value for money.
Allianz says new polls show the vast majority oppose raises by a 4-1 lead.
Six in ten say councils should freeze or cut top salaries to keep bills down.