THE RISE THIS YEAR of council tax in Hackney has been blamed partly on government cuts.
Yet when it comes to Hackney’s top people, the Town Hall still pays well, as Loving Dalston confirms every year when it sneaks a peek at the books.
This year 2018 it found that 35 people working for the council and the schools it controls are on £100,000 or more, five more than last year.
One employee, Joanna Sumner, walked off with £157,000 when, after 15 years at the council, she quit her job as assistant chief projects executive (the full title is impressively longer). The salary she gave up, with pension benefits totalled £223,103, but don’t fret too much for her giving up such a salary: she is now interim manager at the Greater London Authority.
For making sure that Hackney council functions well, Tim Shields gets £50,000 more than the PM. In neighbouring Islington, he would get £161,600 a year.
It should be noted, however, that Hackney is a big operation: it turns over £1.2 billion a year.
Other £100k+ salaries (total remunerations):
* Chief executive Tim Shields, right, £205,717;
* Legal director Suki Binjal £183108;
* Housing director Kim Wright £177,406;
* Community health director Anne Canning £176,885;
* Finance director Ian Williams £176,885;
* Human resources head Dan Paul £132,074;
* Communications director Polly (Rance) Cziok £116,853;
* Strategy director Stephen Haynes £112,139.
Hackney council said: “We provides a vast range of services relied on by the local community, including our most vulnerable residents. Salaries for senior officers are in line with those in local authorities across the country and reflect the roles’ considerable responsibilities.”
John O’Connell, chief executive of the right-leaning Taxpayers’ Alliance, commented: ”While councils around the country bemoan their funding situation, the number of Hackney council employees on £100k pay packets has risen from 30 to 35.
“Those with senior local authority roles seem to treat their position as little more than a merry-go-round, jumping from one gold-plated job to the next, with sickening payoffs to ease the ride.
“Hackney is the only local authority in the country which feels the need to convey one councillor in a Tesla. These kind of salaries are just another slap in the face to those who had to pay 5 per cent more council tax last year.”
The battery-electric Tesla saloon costs a lot more than the just-under-£30k Nissen Leaf.
David Altheer 230918
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