Council under fire as figures reveal 22 bosses pocket more than £100,000 : Daily Record

NLC chief executive Paul Jukes has defended the council claiming the TaxPayers’ Alliance figures simply don’t add up.

Over 20 council bosses received whopping pay packages worth more than £100,000 according to new research.

The TaxPayers Alliance annual Town Hall Rich List names North Lanarkshire Council as the Scottish local authority with the most employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2015-16 with 22.

The biggest earner was the council’s former executive director of finance and customer services Alistair Crichton who reportedly received a whopping £486,208 remuneration when he gave up his job.

In the council’s accounts for the last financial year, Mr Crichton was listed as walking away from his job with £462, 284.

This was made up of his £123,959 salary and £338,325 as compensation for “loss of office”.

That figure dwarves the annual salary of Prime Minister Theresa May who receives a salary of £149,440 and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who is on £144,000.

However, the council have angrily dismissed the findings of the pressure group stating the bulk of Mr Crichton’s pay came from pension contributions.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with the number of people on six-figure deals actually going up since last year.



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