Revealed: 18 Leeds Council staff earning £100,000

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LEEDS CITY Council has defended its pay to senior staff after a report showed the authority employed 18 people earning more than £100,000 last year.

Six council staff earned more than £150,000 including chief executive Tom Riordan who was paid £202,218, the Taxpayers’ Alliance said.

Tom Riordan

Tom Riordan

The number of staff earning in excess of £100,000 at Leeds was down from 19 the previous year.

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A council spokeswoman said: “We have been working incredibly hard over recent years to maximise savings and efficiencies while protecting frontline services as far as possible in the face of ever-shrinking budgets.

“One area on which we have focused is in reducing staff numbers, particularly among senior management, saving £55m a year in staffing since 2010. This is reflected in the fact that despite being the second-biggest council in the UK, we are only 19th in the table of local authorities with staff paid over £100k.

“Despite massive financial challenges which have seen our core funding from government reduce by £214m since 2010 with a further reduction of £25m in the coming year, we will continue to deliver the best possible value for council taxpayers.”

Across Yorkshire, 121 council staff were paid more than £100,000 last year, according to the report.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raise serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”

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