Barnet Council tops 'Town Hall Rich List', released by Taxpayers' Alliance

Times Series: The Town Hall Rich List was released by independent watchdog the Taxpayers’ Alliance The Town Hall Rich List was released by independent watchdog the Taxpayers’ Alliance

Council big wigs in Barnet are raking in the cash with more staff earning over £100,000 than any other local authority, a survey published today has revealed.

The 'Town Hall Rich List', released by independent watchdog the Taxpayers’ Alliance, revealed Barnet pays bigger remunerations than any other council in the country.

A total of 41 officers on the authority’s pay roll received more than £100,000 in the 2010/2011 financial year, three more than second placed Hampshire.

Each of the published earnings, including pensions contributions and redundancy packages where necessary, has increased on the 2009/2010 figures, with one current council executive claiming a 20 per cent rise on last year’s remuneration.

Topping the list of Barnet bank rollers still employed by the authority is chief executive Nick Walkley, who takes home a £200,000 yearly salary and receives nearly £50,000 in pension contributions.

Director of children’s services Robert McCulloch-Graham raked in £206,000 through a £165,000 salary and more than £41,000 pension contributions – a 20 per cent increase on the previous year.

Deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Andrew Travers was paid £206,000 last year, a salary that included fees paid to him as a number-crunching consultant.

Meanwhile, former executive director for environment and development Brian Reynolds, who took a redundancy package on September 17, left the authority with a £388,000 purse.

Of that total, £187,000 came via his annual salary, while £20,000 was made in pension contributions and more than £280,000 was agreed as a compensation package.

Former director of adult services and acting director of health integration Irene Findlay received £313,000 from the council in salary, pension payments and compensation after she was made redundant in March 2011.

The research, compiled from each council’s own published accounts, revealed a 13 per cent increase in the number of local authority staff earning in excess of £100,000 on the previous year.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the alliance, 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.

“The Town Hall Rich List shows that whilst councils insist cuts can only mean pressure on frontline services, some clearly have cash in the bank when it comes to paying their own senior staff.

“These council executives must ensure they have the moral authority to lead necessary spending cuts, in many cases that will mean taking a pay cut themselves. Households have seen their council tax bills double over the last decade and deserve better value."

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8:29am Wed 25 Apr 12

golders green spokesman says...

Are these the same people who go on strike when they don't get a pay rise
Or are these people colemen friends and they decide that people who get less then 20000 ayear should get a pay freeze or cut
In barnet its like animal farm I know who would be the. Big. Fat. PIG.
Are these the same people who go on strike when they don't get a pay rise Or are these people colemen friends and they decide that people who get less then 20000 ayear should get a pay freeze or cut In barnet its like animal farm I know who would be the. Big. Fat. PIG. golders green spokesman
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8:50am Wed 25 Apr 12

Mr Reasonable says...

Bloggers have been raising this issue for the last 12 months. Indeed it is only because the bloggers challenged the Council's Auditors, Grant Thornton, that led to the disclosure of consultant officers' salaries in the annual accounts. If residents want to understand more about the council I suggest they come along to the Audit Committee on Thursday evening 7.00pm at Hendon Town Hall. That is likely to provide a valuable insight.
Bloggers have been raising this issue for the last 12 months. Indeed it is only because the bloggers challenged the Council's Auditors, Grant Thornton, that led to the disclosure of consultant officers' salaries in the annual accounts. If residents want to understand more about the council I suggest they come along to the Audit Committee on Thursday evening 7.00pm at Hendon Town Hall. That is likely to provide a valuable insight. Mr Reasonable
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8:57am Wed 25 Apr 12

BarnetTrader says...

This is a stone that's been barely lifted. There are loads of 'interim' directors on eye watering packages that have not been taken account of in this report. These people have worked for the council for years in many cases, but are technically employees of their own limited companies. The council pays these companies vast sums for supplying 'services'. In short, the 'interim directors' are able to further boost their remuneration through tax avoidance schemes! Gravy train or what!
This is a stone that's been barely lifted. There are loads of 'interim' directors on eye watering packages that have not been taken account of in this report. These people have worked for the council for years in many cases, but are technically employees of their own limited companies. The council pays these companies vast sums for supplying 'services'. In short, the 'interim directors' are able to further boost their remuneration through tax avoidance schemes! Gravy train or what! BarnetTrader
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10:35am Wed 25 Apr 12

thetruthbehind says...

Why don't they publish every salary where it falls above £1000 a week- surely we as tax payers have a right to know where our hard earned cash is being spent? I believe many staff at the council would be staggered to learn how their remuneration compares with their bosses.
Why don't they publish every salary where it falls above £1000 a week- surely we as tax payers have a right to know where our hard earned cash is being spent? I believe many staff at the council would be staggered to learn how their remuneration compares with their bosses. thetruthbehind
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1:59pm Wed 25 Apr 12

weneedlocallibraries says...

They could easily have a whip-round and fund Friern Barnet Library. This just shows that closing it is wrong on so many levels.
They could easily have a whip-round and fund Friern Barnet Library. This just shows that closing it is wrong on so many levels. weneedlocallibraries
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2:06pm Wed 25 Apr 12

rony says...

Considering the last outrageous audit report, they don't deserve even a 10th of it.
But if you wonder why we had to sacrifice our libraries, children and youth centrers etc, you've got your answers
Considering the last outrageous audit report, they don't deserve even a 10th of it. But if you wonder why we had to sacrifice our libraries, children and youth centrers etc, you've got your answers rony
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3:50pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

ah yes, the council whose One Barnet motto is 'better services for less money', but still have not managed to get a grip on the hundreds of non compliant 'contracts' with private companies, worth millions of pounds, and is hurtling us towards disaster with the massive outsourcing of all council services ... mmm
ah yes, the council whose One Barnet motto is 'better services for less money', but still have not managed to get a grip on the hundreds of non compliant 'contracts' with private companies, worth millions of pounds, and is hurtling us towards disaster with the massive outsourcing of all council services ... mmm Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
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11:14pm Wed 25 Apr 12

PaulCa says...

"The Life of Brian" and all his disciples was never so well-rewarded.
"The Life of Brian" and all his disciples was never so well-rewarded. PaulCa
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7:16am Thu 26 Apr 12

Mr Worried says...

Yay! Barnet's number one!
Wait; oh , that's not a good thing is it... utter madness, sack them all.
Yay! Barnet's number one! Wait; oh , that's not a good thing is it... utter madness, sack them all. Mr Worried
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1:30pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Mr_Growser says...

Hear hear! Big fat salaries distances the officers from those they are hired to serve. Let's fire the lot, downgrade the posts and see if the current occupants can get a job in industry or commerce at anywhere near the same package. I don't wonder Councillors are ashamed to look me in the face and explain how it came about! It ought not to be allowed!
Hear hear! Big fat salaries distances the officers from those they are hired to serve. Let's fire the lot, downgrade the posts and see if the current occupants can get a job in industry or commerce at anywhere near the same package. I don't wonder Councillors are ashamed to look me in the face and explain how it came about! It ought not to be allowed! Mr_Growser
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