Pressure group reveals councils’ top salaries

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ACROSS the area 20 top council officers were paid more than £100,000 during the 2010/11 financial year.

This includes 10 at Portsmouth City Council, two Gosport Borough Council, two at Fareham Borough Council and six at Havant Borough Council, although five of these have now been made redundant as part of a restructure.

The top earner was Portsmouth’s chief executive David Williams who earned £177,332 including pension contributions.

There were also 38 employees of Hampshire County Council receiving more than £100,000, but 22 of these were listed as also including ‘termination benefits’.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the pressure group which published the figures, said: ‘Taxpayers will be astonished that so many council employees are still getting such a generous deal while everyone else in the public sector is facing a pay freeze.’

But Heather Wakefield, head of local government for the Unison union, said the TaxPayers’ Alliance was trying to undermine trust in public services and its conclusion was too simplistic.

She said: ‘Attacking top pay will not help taxpayers, including council workers. For councils to attract the best calibre of leaders, they need to pay the going rate.’