AS HACKNEY council prepares to make £100 million of Government-led budget cuts over four years, details of the chief executive’s pay package have emerged.
Loving Dalston has discovered that Tim Shields is earning a package that puts him well up with other London council chiefs. His salary is £177,956, part of a total remuneration that has risen from just under £203,000 in the last financial year to £203,376 for 2010-2011. He serves also on Team Hackney and other bodies.
The highest council salary package in the country was £355,000, paid by Wandsworth in south London until the incumbent retired. His replacement had to make do with £180,000, almost half the previous rate.
Proponents of high council salaries point out that inner-city boroughs are complex organisations. In this financial year Hackney will spend more than £1 billion on its taxpayers who, the 2001 census suggests, number about 203,000. Now that figure seems familiar.
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