Council heads on the Rich List

FIVE North Yorkshire County Council employees have made the annual Town Hall Rich List published by the TaxPayers' Alliance.

The list of highest-earning local government employees features 818 senior officers across the country who are all paid more than 100,000 a year.

North Yorkshire chief executive John Marsden took home 163,545 in 2006-07, a rise of 24.2 per cent from the previous year’s salary of 131,676 and more than a Cabinet Minister’s wage of 137,579.

Also included are director of adult and community services Derek Law, who earned 119,017; director of children and young people’s services Cynthia Wellbourne, 118,050; director of finance and central services John Moore, 117,867; and director of business and environmental services Gordon Gresty, 117,596.

A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said all staff except teachers were subject to a rigorous job evaluation process in 2006 and that senior managers’ salaries were benchmarked against other authorities.

They said they continue to pay senior managers at the middle range compared with other authorities and said chief officers are on an incremental pay scale with progression based on good performance.

Hambleton District Council refused to answer the TaxPayers' Alliance’s freedom of information request, but on neighbouring Harrogate Borough Council, chief executive Mick Walsh makes the list on a salary of 104,787.