A war of words has broken out over pay levels at South Tyneside Council.
Campaign group The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) says the council had eight officers on remuneration packages worth more than £100,000 in the financial year 2013-14.
Over the last four years South Tyneside Council has made £100million of efficiencies without any major service closures, despite receiving 40% less in Government funding.Council spokeswoman
The Taxpayers’ Alliance describes its Town Hall Rich List as ‘the go-to guide for local government executive pay deals.’
Chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: “Local authorities that are providing more for less and delivering council tax cuts clearly have talented people at the helm, but taxpayers living in poorly performing areas will be furious at the scale of some of these massive pay awards.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The data set covers the period 2013/14 and this information is now out of date.
“South Tyneside Council has more than halved the number of officers earning a salary of over £100,000 in recent years as part of our planned reduction in management costs.
“At present the council has four officers earning over £100,000.
“South Tyneside is a high-performing council. Competitive salaries are paid to attract and retain talented individuals who undertake complex roles to deliver regeneration and jobs, protect vulnerable adults and children and provide value-for-money services to our residents.
“Over the last four years South Tyneside Council has made £100million of efficiencies without any major service closures, despite receiving 40% less in Government funding.
“At the same time we have invested to provide improvements we believe will enhance the lives of residents and create more opportunities.
“South Tyneside’s unemployment rate continues to fall and work on the biggest regeneration programme this area has ever seen is well underway and on schedule.
“Although South Tyneside covers a fairly small geographical area, we are in the top third of councils in the country when it comes to the size of our revenue budget and the top 40% of authorities when it comes to population size.”