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Town hall chiefs outstrip PM in rich list

PUBLISHED: 12:42 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:36 25 August 2010

COUNCIL bosses are getting paid more than the Prime Minister, research has revealed.

COUNCIL bosses are getting paid more than the Prime Minister, research has revealed.

The former Chief Executive of Bexley council, Nick Johnson, came fifth in the 'Town Hall Rich List' conducted by the Tax Payers Alliance last Thursday (27).

Mr Davies was paid £203,000, including an £8,000 bonus and £11,000 for 'choices and election duties' - £14,151 more than Gordon Brown's salary of £188,849.

A spokesman for the Tax Payers Alliance said: "Taxpayers have a right to know how much senior town hall officials are being paid because only then can we judge whether they deserve their remuneration. Too often, council executives are rewarded handsomely even when they fail.

"Families and pensioners are struggling with the demands of yet another council tax rise, and councils owe it to them to cut back on executive pay hikes."

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "The salary paid to managers and senior officers is set by the council taking into account the recommendations from the Hay Group.

"Seeking their advice helps to ensure that salaries payable to Bexley's officers remain competitive with similar local authorities and organisations.

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