Big increase in county council staff being paid more than £100,000

Hampshire County Council

The number of Hampshire County Council staff who earn more than £100,000 has increased over the past year, a new report has revealed.

The county council had the most employees who received pay above £100,000 in the southeast with 33 – seven (27%) more than the previous year.

Graham Allen, the council’s director of adults’ health and care is the highest earner with an annual salary of £173,300.

The council’s chief executive, Caroline Williamson took home £164,909.

The figures have been revealed in an annual town hall rich list that has found that 2,759 council bosses received salaries of more than £100,000 in the UK.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance has published its 2023 town hall rich list which provides a council-by-council breakdown of executive pay deals. It looks at the financial year 2021/22.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Taxpayers facing record council tax rises want to be sure they are getting value for money from their local authority leadership.

‘Many authorities continue with extremely generous pay and perks, including bonuses and golden goodbyes, while local people are facing a financial squeeze.

‘Residents can use these figures to hold their local town hall bosses to account.’