Report lists top council earners

Former Corby Council chief executive Chris Mallender
Former Corby Council chief executive Chris Mallender

The former chief executive of Corby Council, who has appeared in a list of the top 20 local authoritiy earners in the UK, says he took a pay cut before leaving the post.

For the seventh year running the TaxPayers’ Alliance has published its Town Hall Rich List, based on information from local authority annual statement of accounts.

Chris Mallender, who left Corby Council in January following an 11-month secondment, is recorded by the alliance as receiving a total of £341,934 in 2011-12.

That figure included £51,000 compensation for loss of office and pension contributions of £189,884.

Mr Mallender said he agreed to a reduced annual salary of just under £40,000 during his year on secondment.

He said: “I have always wanted to be in the top 20, but on Top of the Pops, not the so-called town hall rich list.

“In reality I took a pay cut in exchange for a council contribution to release the pension I had been paying into for 37 years.

“I gave 10 years of absolute loyalty and commitment to the council and the people of Corby and I hope they feel I gave them value for money.”

The Taxpayers’ Alliance says Northamptonshire County Council increased the number of its staff who earn more than £100,000 in 2011-12 from nine to 13.

Its chief executive, Paul Blantern, who according to the alliance received a total of £193,000, including £32,000 pension contributions, for 2011-12, said: “The council is responsible for an annual budget of more than £1 billion, has more than 10,000 full-time posts and has six employees with salaries in excess of £100,000.

“Staff salaries reflect responsibilities associated with the posts, many of which require highly-qualified, professional staff.

“We are open about what our senior officers are paid.”

According to the Taxpayers’ Alliance Wellingborough Council had one member of staff receiving more than £100,000 a year in 2011-12, its acting chief executive.

Kettering Council’s chief executive is reported to have received £168,000, including £19,000 pension contributions, in 2011-12.

East Northants Council has one member of staff earning more than £100,000.

Its leader Steven North said: “In the context of managing scarce public resources, pay and benefits at all levels need to be adequate to secure and retain high quality employees dedicated to the service of the public.”