Nifty Nine top Hackney council’s Rich List

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AlanWoodLBHGOVERNMENT-DECREED austerity is the buzzword in local government this month but at Hackney council it’s time to break open the bubbly.

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.

Chief exec Shields (supplied pic)

Their total remuneration, including employer pension contribution, is:

* Corporate director of children Alan Woodabove left£250,704 – for the first time more than the chief executive is paid;

* Chief executive Tim Shieldsright, £212,556;

* Corporate director of legal and democratic services Gifty Edilabelow right, £173,051;

* Corporate director of health and community services Kim Wright, at left, £166,477;kim wright LBH

* 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;Gifty Edila LBH

* Corporate director of housing Charlotte Graves (employed by council subsidiary Hackney Homes£166,659.

Most residents would consider running the UK more complex than running Hackney yet  Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader DaveCameron’s £142,500 a year is below several salaries in this borough.Penny Bevan LBH

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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One thought on “Nifty Nine top Hackney council’s Rich List

  1. Many thanks to Loving Dalston for this informative item.

    A Hackney council spokesperson claims: “Salaries for senior officers are in line with those in local authorities across the country and reflect the roles’ considerable responsibilities.”

    However, services in Hackney are not in line with those in local authorities across the country. If the senior officers are underperforming and selling Hackney citizens short – with inferior services – it makes sense not to pay them the same, doesn’t it?

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