After another council tax increase this month it has been revealed by TaxPayers’ Alliance that more than 2,400 council employees across the UK, including eight positions in Swindon, received total remuneration in excess of £100,000.

The highest paid was John Gilbert, the council’s chief executive, who made £161,651 in salary and a further £29,207 into his pension pot giving a total of £191,1945. (this figure includes expenses of £287)

Gilbert ranked 140th in the league of top earners and 78th in the top earning chief executives.

In comparison, prime minister Theresa May’s combined salary entitlement is £153,907, according to the latest House of Commons briefing paper for members’ pay and expenses and ministerial salaries 2017/18.

Also on the TaxPayers’ data list were:

Corporate director of Resources and Growth –  Salary £135,340 (Total – £135,383).

Corporate Director of Adult Services – Salary £118,367 (Total – £141,599).

Corporate director of Director of Public Health – Salary £101,735 (Total – £115,662).

Corporate Director Communities & Place – Salary £98,563 (Total £116,770)..

Director of Finance – £97,188 (Total £116,042).

Director of Law & Democratic Services – £87,133 (Total £104,159).

Director of Law & Democratic Services – (£85,349 (Total £101,907).

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 over the last twenty years and spending has gone through the roof.

“Disappointingly, many local authorities are now responding to financial reality through further tax rises and reducing services rather than scaling back top pay.

“Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with staggering pay-outs for those leaving their jobs.

“There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raise serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”

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