Chief execs earn more than PM

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AT LEAST two of The News region’s council heads earn more money than the prime minister.

Hampshire County Council and West Sussex County Council’s chief executives earn more than David Cameron’s annual wage of £142,500.

And Portsmouth City Council’s chief executive, David Williams, is on a pay band which extends to £148,885, though the council did not confirm if he was at the band’s lowest level, £134,705.

The region’s highest-paid local authority employee, Hampshire’s chief executive Andrew Smith, is paid £207,969.

His West Sussex counterpart, Kieron Stigart, earns £175,000 per year.

The PM is entitled to £193,000 per year, but Labour’s Gordon Brown took £150,000.

Mr Cameron cut the amount further last May.

The information on chief executive salaries, in a national survey which showed 43 per cent receive more than £150,000 per year, led some to call for pay cuts.

But others argued that the PM receives two homes free, and free travel, as well as earning power on leaving office. For example, Tony Blair is already estimated to have made £20m since 2007.

Havant Borough and East Hampshire District Councils’ chief executive Sandy Hopkins earns £125,000; Peter Grimwood at Fareham Borough Council, £98,352; Gosport Borough Council’s Ian Lycett, £92,780; and John Marsland, at Chichester District Council, takes home £124,970 per year.