£100k or more paid to 35 Newham council workers

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales.

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales. - Credit: Newham Council

Newham Council paid 35 members of staff £100,000 or more while its mayor earned more than any other council leader, new figures have revealed.

Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that the borough offered the sixth highest number of six-figure remunerations in London in 2013-14.

This includes salary, bonuses and expenses.

Of the 35, six were on figures of £150,000 or more and one, chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry, received more than £200,000, a Freedom of Information request by the TaxPayers’ Alliance discovered.

A Newham Council spokeswoman said that of those revealed to be earning £150,000 or more, four positions no longer exist.

She said: “The chief executive and senior officers are responsible for ensuring that services are delivered in the best interests of our residents as well as managing a budget of hundreds of millions of pounds.

“It is important that the council’s senior team comprises individuals who are effective in fulfilling these responsibilities and whose remuneration reflects this.”

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Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said that taxpayers deserved to know how their money was being spent.

He 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.

“After more than a decade of reckless spending and council tax hikes, local politicians now have to make necessary savings and the pay and perks for the town hall elite have to come under the spotlight.”

A separate FoI request by the Sun on Sunday revealed that the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, received £81,029 last year – more than £1,500 ahead of the next highest earner, the Mayor of Liverpool.

A spokeswoman for Newham Council said: “We have always been open and upfront about the Mayor’s allowance.

“As one of only 11 executive mayors in the UK, he is directly accountable to the electorate and his salary is reflective of the position’s responsibilities.”

She added that Sir Robin donates a portion of his allowance to charity each year.

The revelations come as Newham Council seeks to save £50million from next year’s budget.

The results of a public consultation into how the savings should be made are set to be reported back to a cabinet meeting later this year.

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