‘Rich list’ reveals council’s highest paid employees

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A campaign group’s ‘town hall rich list’ has revealed that Argyll and Bute Council’s chief executive was paid more than £150,000 in 2017/18.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s annual publication lists council staff throughout the UK who were paid more than £100,000 a year – the latest figures showing that to be at least 2,441 people.

According to the figures, Cleland Sneddon, in his role as Argyll and Bute’s chief executive, received a total of £153,888, including a £124,765 salary, £5,071 in expenses, and a £24,052 pension.

Another Argyll and Bute Council employee, whose name and position was undisclosed, received £127,500.

Other employees’ who income crossed the £100,000 threshold were: Douglas Hendry, executive director of customer services, who received £118,722 – a £99,214 salary, £604 in expenses, and a £18,904 pension; Pippa Milne, executive director of development and infrastructure services, who received £118,098 – a £98,769 salary, £425 in expenses, and a £18,904 pension; and Ann Marie Knowles, acting executive director of community services, who made £117,673 – a £98,769 salary plus a £18,904 pension.

Across the UK, 607 council employees earned more than £150,000, and 28 local authority employees received remuneration in excess of £250,000.

The UK’s highest-earning council employee, interim chief executive at Slough Borough Council Roger Parkin, received almost £600,000 – £595,077, which included a £112,959 salary, a £339,903 pension and more than £140,000 in compensation when he left the post.