THE number of council chiefs on £100,000 or more has hit 2,454 — a four-year high.
Some 608 of those got at least £150,000 — with 28 earning £250,000-plus.
News of the bonanza comes a week after every English local authority hiked council tax.
The top fatcat, on £595,077, was Roger Parkin, ex-chief exec at Slough, Berks.
That reportedly included £440,000 severance pay — part of which was £375,000 pension cash.
Second biggest deal was the £569,423 Merseyside council The Wirral gave its managing director of delivery — whom they did not name.
No3 was £444,775 for Paul Dransfield, ex-head of major programmes at Birmingham.
Essex council was one of the country’s most generous employers — with 55 staff getting £100,000 or more.
The Sun Says
YOUR rising council tax increasingly just lines the pockets of town hall fatcats.
Some 2,454 earn over £100,000, a four-year high.
Of those, 608 are on £150,000-plus and 28 on a staggering £250,000.
Remember that, the next time they tell you they cannot avoid hiking your payments without cutting vital services.
FATCAT SALARY HIKE
Nationwide, the number of earners in the £100,000-plus bracket was 148 up on the previous year.
The 2017-18 bumper deals, including pay, pension and benefits, were revealed in a TaxPayers’ Alliance report.
Its chief John O’Connell stormed: “Many people in the public sector are facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring public finances under control.
“Yet many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with staggering payouts for those leaving their jobs.
“There are talented people in the public sector trying to deliver more for less.
“But the sheer scale of these packages raises serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”
…and £2m gas pay
THE boss of British Gas owner Centrica received a 44 per cent pay rise last year to £2.4million.
It came as the business lost 742,000 customers amid increased competition — and announced plans to cut 4,000 jobs.
Chief exec Iain Conn, 56 saw his total pay rise from £1.68million in 2017, reaping the rewards of a yearly bonus, according to the annual report.
Mr Conn, left, showed “significant resilience” in a challenging year, it said.
Birmingham council insisted most of the cash given to Mr Dransfield, who has since left, was pension money.
Wirral said it did not recognise the report’s figures.
But it and Slough stressed they included pensions and benefits.
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