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Barking and Dagenham town hall ‘rich list’ revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:28 13 May 2013

Barking Town Hall clocktower,

Barking Town Hall clocktower,

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Ten council employees were paid more than £100,000 in 2011-12, with two earning more than the Prime Minister.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group released its Town Hall Rich List, an annual report showing the highest earning local authority employees, on Friday (10).

The figures, which cover the year 2011-12, show that the number of directors in Barking and Dagenham council earning more than £100,000 remained the same as in the previous year.

Meanwhile in neighbouring boroughs those figures dropped, with Redbridge losing two high earners to finish up with seven, and Havering dropping one to make 10.

Furthermore, the borough’s chief executive (£150,000) and corporate director of finance and resources (£145,000) both took home more than David Cameron’s £142,500 pay cheque.

But the council declares it has made significant changes since the last financial year, which the report looks at.

It says a major saving was made in the decision to share the chief executive post with Thurrock Council.

Graham Farrant, who was appointed to the role in July 2012, is paid £92,500 by each of the two councils.

A point was also made that since the Town Hall Rich List 2013 was compiled, the post of corporate director of finance and resources has become vacant, bringing the number of employees earning more than £100,000 down to eight when the shared chief executive role is taken into account.

A council spokesman said: “The Taxpayers Alliance data is out of date. The facts have very much changed since then to reflect the council’s determination to save on senior officer costs and to streamline the number of higher-earning managers.

“Barking and Dagenham council is losing around 40 per cent of its budget in the period from 2010 to 2015. It simply is not the case that we have maintained the same level of senior officers earning the figures the Taxpayers Alliance report refers to.”


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