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Council managers' wages hit roof

PUBLISHED: 12:09 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

THE NUMBER of council managers earning in excess of £50,000 has increased by more than 1,000 per cent in ten years. In 1997 there were 13 officers employed by Barking and Dagenham Council who took home more than £50,000. By last year that number had leapt

THE NUMBER of council managers earning in excess of £50,000 has increased by more than 1,000 per cent in ten years.

In 1997 there were 13 officers employed by Barking and Dagenham Council who took home more than £50,000. By last year that number had leapt to 183, an increase of 1,308 per cent.

The total cost of middle and senior managers is £11.7 million, which works out at £70.88 for every resident.

This is the 12th highest figure in London, and more than neighbouring Havering, with £59.99.

The figures have been compiled by the Tax Payers' Alliance, a group which campaigns for lower council tax.

They argue that the rise in the number of high paid staff is faster than in other parts of the economy.

Barking and Dagenham has 78 staff earning more the £60,277 paid to MPs.

When it comes to the very big earners, the borough employs six staff whose wages top more than £100,000.

Alliance campaign director, Mark Wallace, said: "When people pay their money to a council, they expect it to be spent on services, not an army of bureaucrats."

A council spokesman said: "Barking and Dagenham Council offers excellent value for money.

"In order to deliver these services the council needs to attract good managers and it needs to offer salaries similar to those on offer elsewhere.

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