COUNCIL OFFICERS HAVE AGAIN been pocketing the kind of pay that suggests the town hall is in the money.
This despite the Labour borough criticising the austerity measures of the Conservatives. Small businesses complaining about high business rates will wonder why that austerity is not reflected in salaries for top executives at the town hall.
Hackney tends to rate well in comparisons with other London boroughs for standards of services, the environment and quality of life despite poverty levels higher than in other areas. It has struggled in the long-running virus crisis to get residents to attend Covid-19 checks.
Yet Loving Dalston’s sneak peek at the books finds that eight council posts are paying more than £100,000 a year, the kind of figure most Hackneyites can only dream of earning. The top earner is on £50k more than the Prime Minister.
* chief executive Tim Shields £209,798;
* community health director Anne Canning £184,032 (up £3,000-plus on previous year);
* finance director Ian Williams £184,032 (up £3,000-plus on previous year);
* two people in the housing department share £168,885 (£90,803 for one co-director, £78,082 for the other);
* interim legal director £138,996;
* strategy director Stephen Haynes £137,410;
* communications director Polly Cziok £137,281 (£10,000 more than in previous year);
* human resources head Dan Paul £132,127.
Hackney council responded to Loving Dalston: “We provide a huge 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 London and reflect the roles’ considerable responsibilities.”
Duncan Simpson, research director for the right-leaning Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Hard-pressed Hackney residents will wonder why hundreds of thousands of pounds of their money has been spent on massive pay and pensions for town hall bosses.”
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* The salaries are for the 2019-2020 financial year; ie, up to the period when the virus crisis started to hit. They are for salaries, allowances and pension contributions by the employer Hackney council. Loving Dalston has not named all post-holders because of personnel changes. Some figures are “annualised” — pro rata for a year — because of job-share arrangements. Two officers received extra payments for acting as returning officers in European elections and general election in 2019.
* Backstory: Hackney town-hallers who earn more than the PM; Hackney’s Rich List 2015; How Hackney Home saves on wages; The inaudible council meeting; Hackney boss at heart of election fiasco; Top whack for top execs; The Hackney high earners
* NB, Tim Shields has announced he is to retire from the chief executive post this spring. Fancy earning a few hundred grand a year? Apply now.
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