Today I was sent a copy of the 'Town Hall Rich List' as published by the Taxpayer's Alliance. It merits the attention of everyone because in this age of so-called austerity the same people are milking the system and each year there are more of them.
Many of the job appointments in this particular area of the public sector have often caused comment notably for their nebulous titles. The recruitment of Town Hall staff appears to be continuing unabated despite the continual squeals of councils that they are being bled dry of money.
They continue to close libraries, public toilets and other necessary services but they never seem to address the outrageous salaries being allocated to senior staff. The fact that over 2500 relatively unimportant people are earning over £100,000 each for what is a mundane role in society is ridiculous.
This is Council tax money that should be filling in potholes and maintaining parks and waterways. I came across a table listing the salaries of senior officials at Leicestershire County Council for 2010/11 and 28 of them were earning over £80,000 per annum. This is rural Leicestershire where generally prices are reasonable in comparison to the sunny south. It meant that just 28 individuals are taking two and a quarter million pounds out of the economy and that was 2010/11!
It is statistics like these that are driving people towards UKIP. Nick Clegg is always talking about 'fairness' but what is fair about these Town Hall Fat Cats taking more than their fair share? I have posted about this before but nothing seems to shame councils into constructing a reasonable pay scale for their officers. Mind you when less than a third of the population bother to vote then what can you expect?