Figures released showing that 42 top bosses of local authorities in the West Midlands earn more than the Prime Minister have been greeted with dismay by local MEP James Carver.
“It staggers belief that huge employment packages are doled out to these fat cat town hall mandarins while local authority spending nationally has been reduced by 23.4% per person in real terms between 2009-10 and 2014-15.
“They doubtless have important roles to play but while everyone else is having to pull their belt in and jobs are being cut how can these huge salaries be justified?” queried Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
“Councils should remember they are there to serve the public and provide best value.
“I have no doubt residents would rather have their money spent on basics such as keeping day centres open and pot hole repairs than keeping fat cats in caviare.
“The figures released by the Taxpayers Alliance reveal that the salary packages for the chief executives of Coventry, Birmingham, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke, Dudley, Telford and Walsall were all more than £150,000.
“Birmingham City Council had the most employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 with 55 and the council’s former Strategic Director for the council’s troubled Childrens Services Peter Duxbury earned a staggering £382,392.
“I don’t think there will be many in these local authority areas who think that it sounds like they have been getting good value for money.
“Perhaps if the top salaries weren’t so large the councils wouldn’t have been making other staff redundant which inevitably impacts on services,” he added