Town Hall rich list singles out 16 executives on Lincolnshire County Council earning six figure sums

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The TaxPayers’ Alliance, an organization working to reform tax and reduce waste of public services for UK taxpayers, has published its 14th annual Town Hall Rich List.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has compiled a comprehensive list of UK Council officials 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

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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 would take 131 average Band D households in Sleaford to fund that one annual wage package, or roughly every house on Clayhill Road and Rookery Avenue in Sleaford. The number would also pay for seven new teachers starting at £ 25,714. The average salary for a nurse is £ 25,578.

Lincolnshire’s Fire Chief and Assistant Fire and Emergency Director earned £ 164,790, including £ 44,077.

Four district council executive directors all earned over £ 150,000 while the remainder ranged from £ 137,492 to £ 102,500

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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.”

Debbie 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 feel 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 protecting our most vulnerable residents and managing 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, we pay a competitive salary. “

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In comparison, the North Kesteven District Council had three executives with over £ 100,000. General manager Ian Fytche made £ 140,121 including £ 19,418 for his pension.

Vice Chairman Phil Roberts made £ 113,102 and the Director of Resources was £ 109,036.

A North Kesteven County Council spokesman said: “Covid has put great pressure on many people, households and livelihoods and our teams have worked tirelessly and effectively at all levels to provide help and support. They have reached out to vulnerable residents directly, ensuring high quality housing supplies, protecting public health, distributing corporate grants and shaping the response to coronavirus on a partnership and strategic level.

“At the same time, we have continued to focus on providing the high quality, inexpensive, and essential services our residents expect in more than 80 different areas of production, including revenue and benefits, waste and recycling, in exchange for the county council’s 10 percent share of council tax , public protection with high customer satisfaction despite the challenges that Covid posed to us.

“The three percent increase in our tax liability translates into an increase of between £ 3.30 and £ 4.40 over the year for three quarters of households to continue and improve services when needed. Part of the Covid support we have given the households includes exceptional hardship payments in support of the council tax, which are paid in addition to the council tax support, and discretionary housing allowance payments for those entitled, as well as signposts for other help and assistance.

“None of this would be possible without our efficient and high-performing team at all levels. Our wage ratio between the best and the lowest paid employee is 6.5: 1, which is far below the recommended maximum ratio of 20: 1. We are committed to remuneration guidelines and decisions that enable us to never achieve a ratio of more than 15: 1. We are committed to the Living Wage Foundation rate and publish clear, transparent information on pay, as all councils must do.

“In addition to maintaining service and support as part of our commitment to investing £ 230 million in capital over the next decade to ensure our communities thrive, we are realizing our vision for North Kesteven with projects that are the new Facilitating homes and job creation Leisure and heritage attractions have improved over the past year, with an emphasis on carbon neutrality and biodiversity. “

NKDC’s payments compared to five directors listed in the neighboring South Kesteven District Council in six-figure amounts, with outgoing chief executive Aidan Rave being the highest after a two-year tenure at £ 146,000 – this included a bonus of £ 12,000 and compensation of £ 84,000. A strategic director made £ 137,000 including a £ 3,000 bonus. Two other strategic directors also received awards ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 2,000 after joining as Chief Executive (Paul Thomas) and Deputy Chief Executive.

These authorities were significantly higher than some county councils in the county, like West Lindsey, where only the manager and one manager topped six figures – the manager only got £ 129,209. There were three directors in East Lindsey with the top number of £ 130,611 going to the chief executive.

The largest pay package in the region was received by the joint director of Bolsover – £ 268,554, while Essex County Council’s 40 employees employed over £ 100,000 this year.

In North Kesteven, average households have to pay £ 46.41 more council tax than last year.

That includes Lincolnshire County Council increasing its stake by £ 26.52, an increase of 1.99 percent to £ 1,364.16, the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner increasing its stake by £ 14.94, an increase of 5.9 percent to £ 266.31 plus £ 4.95 for NKDC (about nine percent of the total), a 2.92 percent gain on £ 174.60, plus the minor increases for city and town councils where the average Sleaford household would pay £ 1,923.59 that year.

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 out of ten say councils should freeze or cut top salaries to keep bills down.

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