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More than 2,000 council employees in England and Wales are earning at least £100,000 a year.

That’s according to the Tax Payers Alliance who have revealed that 11 Cheshire West and Chester Council employees were among them.

The organisation has released their 10th annual ‘Town Hall Rich List’.

The news comes just 11 days after our local authority implemented a 3.99% rise in council tax.

John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 over the last twenty years and spending has gone through the roof. Disappointingly, many local authorities are now responding to financial reality through further tax rises and reducing services rather than scaling back top pay.”

“Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with the number of people on six-figure deals actually going up since last year.”

“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.”

The highest earner at Cheshire West and Chester Council received a total remuneration package of £180,000 last year which is actually a £10,000 reduction on the year before.

We have approached CWaC for comment but have not had a response.

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