On 25 April I posted an exposure of the salaries of Town Hall Fat Cats taken from the Taxpayer's Alliance Rich List. I concentrated on my local Councils and quoted the salaries of some of the officials who serve both Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council. The main thrust of my argument is that no local, relatively low level, local government official should be earning more than the Prime Minister.
My further concern is that local councillors should be aiming to keep these salaries in proportion so that revenue from Council Tax is spent fairly for the benefit of the taxpayers. I went further and sent my observations to the local newspaper, the Loughborough Echo, because it is my belief that if they are doing their job they should be keeping the councillors on their toes. I did not get an acknowledgement.
However, in their edition dated 11 May on the inside front cover one of their correspondents, Matt Jarram, penned an article revealing the top local council earners. I would like to steer you towards it but it does not appear in the online version of the Loughborough Echo. The reason that I wanted to steer you towards it is that the figures revealed in the Taxpayer's Alliance Rich List do not correspond in any way to the salaries revealed by Mr Jarram.
In every instance the Echo's figures are some way short of the Alliance figures. Someone somewhere is distorting the truth. My question is...why would the Taxpayer's Alliance falsify their figures? It would mean that their research was meaningless so...why would the officers earning more than the PM falsify their figures?
I will leave it up to you to decide.