Town hall comms directors on 'rich list'

Eighteen comms directors have made it on to a list of the highest paid local government civil servants put together by the TaxPayers' Alliance.

John Ransford: Local Government Association chief executive
John Ransford: Local Government Association chief executive

The right-wing campaign group's annual town hall rich list includes 2,295 council employees who were paid more than £100,000 during 2009-10.

The highest paid comms person on the list is Ken Green, Sheffield City Council's assistant chief executive (organ- isational development and comms), who earned £257,349 in the period.

Other high earners include Sefton Council's assistant chief executive (comms) Craig Galloway, who earned £221,311, and Kent County Council's head of business performance and comms Marcus Hobbs, who received £183,870.

The report does not name many of the post-holders, but it does state that Greater London Authority director of external relations Guto Harri was paid £147,076 in 2009-10.

Local Government Association chief executive John Ransford hit out at the report: 'Councils provide more than 700 services, from collecting rubbish and maintaining roads to providing schools and caring for the elderly. Many have large budgets and need to pay competitive wages if they are to attract and keep people capable of delivering the best services at the lowest cost.'

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