PREDICTED TO RAISE TAX by at least 4 per cent, Hackney council is warning of further tough decisions that will hit home budgets.
Yet one thing always come through pandemic, cyberattacks and other crises unbruised: the salaries of the council’s top executives. For example, at the top of the latest, 2020-2021, list are:
* chief executive Mark Carroll £209,798;
* community health director Anne Canning £184,032;
* 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);
* legal director Dawn Carter-McDonald £138,996;
* strategy director Stephen Haynes £137,410;
* communications director Polly Cziok £137,281 (£10,000 more than in previous year);
* human resources head Stuart Thorn £132,127.
Compared with London’s 31 other boroughs, Hackney tends to do well for — in no particular order — services, libraries and sports facilities, housing, the environment and quality of life, despite poverty levels that are higher than in several other areas. The council’s top earner salary being £50k more than the Prime Minister’s, and other posts getting the kind of financial rewards most Hackneyites can only fantasise about, may strike you as less admirable.
Hackney council says it “provides a vast range of services relied on by the local community, including our most vulnerable residents.” Senior officers’ salaries were in line with those in local authorities around the UK and reflected the roles’ “considerable” responsibilities.
Zoë Garbett, of Hackney Green Party, which claims to be the likeliest challenger to Labour in Hackney in these local elections, says “the maximum wage in an organisation should not be more than 10 times the organisation’s minimum. This includes local authorities, so the Greens would bring this approach to Hackney council.”
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* Backstory: Loving Dalston tries to poke its nose into council salary records every year. Here are earlier revelations:
Nothing less than £100k for Hackney; Hackney town-hallers who earn more than the PM;Hackney’s Rich List 2015; How Hackney Homes saves on wages; The inaudible council meeting; Hackney boss at heart of election fiasco; Top whack for top execs; The Hackney high earners
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