According to research published today by the Taxpayers Alliance, Kent County Council has topped the fat-cats pay league for South East England with 26 officers earning in excess of £100,000 a year. Out of those 26, 8 earned in excess of £150,000! 3 of the top 8 earned more than £200,000; a staggering salary by anyone’s standard, especially if you live and work in Ramsgate where the average wage is £414 per week or 21,528 per year – the lowest rate in south east England and ten times less than the best paid council bosses in south east England at the KCC offices in Maidstone.
The total annual pay bill for KCCs 26 fat cat bosses must be approaching £4 million a year probably more! Bearing in mind the massive cuts in KCC social services and the poor state our potholed roads I think there should be an urgent review of top officers pay and all of the money saved from such a review invested back into front line services. Better still, KCC should be abolished altogether and its powers and budgets devolved to new unitary councils across Kent. A move which will save even more money.
If elected to KCC in May I will be arguing for an open and transparent review of top officers pay with the aim of a substantial reduction. To kick that process off, here’s a copy of the names and posts of those KCC officers earning in excess of £150,000