Revealed: The number of council bosses in Northamptonshire who earned more than £100,000 a year

'These figures shine a light on the town hall bosses who’ve got it right, and will enable residents to hold those who aren’t delivering value for money to account'

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 10:06 am

Eighteen council officers in Northamptonshire earned more than £100,000 a year, the most recent figures have revealed.

The Taxpayers' Alliance published its annual Town Hall Rich List, which details the local authority workers who received salaries, expenses and pensions totalling more than £100,000 in 2019-20, today (Wednesday, April 7).

Northamptonshire County Council chief executive Theresa Grant was the highest-paid worker in the county at £227,000.

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(Clockwise from top left): former Northamptonshire County Council chief executive Theresa Grant, former Daventry District Council chief executive Ian Vincent and former Northampton Borough Council chief executive George Candler
(Clockwise from top left): former Northamptonshire County Council chief executive Theresa Grant, former Daventry District Council chief executive Ian Vincent and former Northampton Borough Council chief executive George Candler

However, the eight local authorities in the county no longer exist with the creation of two unitary bodies - West and North Northamptonshire councils - with many officers changing too.

The Taxpayers' Alliance claims the eye-watering remuneration packages may be hard to swallow when most local authorities have increased council tax.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Taxpayers facing huge and hated council tax rises want to know they are getting value for money from their local authority leadership.

"At the onset of the coronavirus crisis, thousands of town hall officials were taking home huge sums.

"While councils were plunged into tackling the pandemic, many staff will have more than earned their keep, but households have nevertheless struggled with enormous and unpopular council tax rises.

"These figures shine a light on the town hall bosses who’ve got it right, and will enable residents to hold those who aren’t delivering value for money to account.”

The earnings for Ms Grant, who took over the reins at the county council following its financial collapse in 2018, are made up of £195,000 in salary and £32,000 in her pension.

The second-highest earner was Northampton Borough Council chief executive George Candler with £185,000, ahead of his counterpart at Daventry District Council, Ian Vincent, with £168,426.

In fourth and fifth were county council's executive director for children, families and education and executive director for adults community and wellbeing with £162,000 and £160,000 respectively.

The county council had by far the most employees earning over £100,000 in 2019/20 with seven, Kettering Borough Council had four and Northampton had three.

Daventry had two while South Northamptonshire Council and Wellingborough Borough Council both had one - the head of paid service.

Corby and East Northamptonshire councils did not provide figures. Here is the full list:

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) chief executive (head of paid service) Theresa Grant: £227,000

Northampton Borough Council (NBC) chief executive George Candler: £185,000

Daventry District Council (DDC) chief executive (head of paid service) Ian Vincent: £168,426

NCC executive director for children, families and education: £162,000

NCC executive director for adults community and wellbeing: £160,000

Kettering Borough Council (KBC) managing director: £155,000

NCC director of public health: £136,000

NCC director of HR: £134,000

KBC executive director: £127,000

South Northamptonshire Council chief executive: £121,060

DDC deputy chief executive: £119,002

KBC executive director: £117,000

NBC borough secretary: £116,000

Wellingborough Borough Council managing director/HoPS: £111,464

NCC group counsel (monitoring officer): £110,000

NBC head of finance (section 151 officer): £108,000

NCC undisclosed job title: £102,500

KBC undisclosed job title: £102,500