Revealed: Eight council officers on £100k plus salaries

St Helens Council chief executive Mike Palin, who earns �140,000 a year
St Helens Council chief executive Mike Palin, who earns �140,000 a year

Eight senior officers working for St Helens Council earn annual salaries of over £100,000, an investigation has revealed.

The findings were part of a series of Freedom of Information requests made by the Taxpayers Alliance to local authorities across the country.

There are eight officials earning more than  �100,000 per year, an investigation has revealed

There are eight officials earning more than �100,000 per year, an investigation has revealed

The organisation asked about council top earners and discovered the eye-watering sums paid out to many town hall chiefs.

Across the country, 537 town hall fat cats earned at least £150,000 last year – more than Prime Minister David Cameron is paid.

St Helens Council, however, has a relatively low number of high earners.

Council chief executive Mike Palin, believed to the youngest town hall CEO in the council, earns £140,000.

That’s a relatively modest sum compared to the almost £230,000 paid to Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall or the £232,340 Liverpool Council boss Ged Fitzgerald takes home.

By contrast, Liverpool Council has six officers earning £150,000 or more each and 21 on £100,000-plus salary.

Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “How have we got to this situation? Taxpayers will be aghast at the sheer scale of the pay and perks of those at the top of the public sector, and baffled as to how it has been allowed to balloon.

“Who has been keeping check on all of this? For all of the politicians, regulators and remuneration panels, it seems that big pay deals and bonuses continue to be handed out almost irrespective of performance.”

A St Helens Council spokesman said it always published full details of its senior officers pay.

“Details of the council’s senior management structure and salaries are available on the council’s website,” he added.