£100k salary packages fall

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The number of top council staff across Lancashire who take home salary and pension packages of £100,000 or more has fallen.

Figures out today reveal that in 2009/10, 45 council staff took home £100,000 or more and in 2010/11 this figure dropped to 37.

The figures, from the Taxpayers Alliance, comes following reorganisation of senior managers across councils to save cash. The figures relate to staff who work at Lancashire County Council and Preston, South Ribble, Wyre, Chorley, Lancaster, Ribble Valley and West Lancashire councils.

Lancashire County Council tops the list, with 16 members of staff taking home more than £100k in 2009/10 – reduced to 13 in 2010/11.

The figures for Lancashire County Council includes the remuneration packages of the Chief Executive and the senior management.

It also includes the packages of more than £100k that were paid to eight ‘unknown’ staff members in 2009/10 and five ‘unknown’ staff members in 2010/11. It is understood the unknown staff relate to headteachers or other staff who don’t work at County Hall.Lancashire County Council leader, Coun Geoff Driver, explained the reduction in those taking home over £100k.

He said: “We have undertaken a fundamental review of senior managers of the council and have reduced the number of senior managers.

“Not only have we reduced the number of senior managers paid over £100,000 we have reduced a significant number of managers within the county council.” Preston Council had three staff members listed as taking home more than £100k in 2009/10 and three different staff listed as taking home more than £100k in 2010/11.

A Preston Council spokesman said: “We are an open and transparent council and all chief officers’ pay is published on our website.”

South Ribble Council is listed as having three staff members taking home over £100k in 2009/10 and three (different) staff members in 2010/11.

However, it disputes the figures.Coun Stephen Robinson, cabinet member with responsibility for finance and resources, said: “The figures from the Taxpayers’ Alliance inaccurately suggest that we had three employees earning salaries of more than £100,000 in 2010/11, which is quite simply not the case.

“They are categorically wrong, and I’ve no idea where they got their numbers from.

“We have only ever had one employee at a time earning just over £100,000 a year.”