For an exclusive group of executives, salaries are going with a bang like the pop of a champagne cork: at least nine Hackney chiefs pocket more than £100,000 a year and two of them more than £200,000.
Their total remuneration, including employer pension contribution, is:
* Corporate director of children Alan Wood, above left, £250,704 – for the first time more than the chief executive is paid;
* Chief executive Tim Shields, right, £212,556;
* Corporate director of legal and democratic services Gifty Edila, below right, £173,051;
* Corporate director of health and community services Kim Wright, at left, £166,477;
* Corporate director of finance Ian Williams £162,879;
* Director of public health Penny Bevan, below left, £136,253;
* Assistant director, planning and regeneration John Allen £117,594;
* Assistant chief executive of projects Joanna Sumner £114,846;
Most residents would consider running the UK more complex than running Hackney yet Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader “Dave” Cameron’s £142,500 a year is below several salaries in this borough.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the right-leaning Taxpayers’ Alliance, told Loving Dalston: “Families in Hackney are struggling with the demands of their council tax bills and they will be astonished to know that much of their hard-earned money has gone on big salaries and gold-plated pensions.”
Hackney council commented: “Salaries for senior officers are in line with those in local authorities across the country and reflect the roles’ considerable responsibilities.”
A “corporate restructure” in 2010-11 had cut “senior management costs” by £8.2 million in the ensuing period.
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