Report reveals “high pay culture" at Labour-run Greenwich council

A new report published this week has revealed that 30 senior officers at Labour-run Greenwich council received total remuneration of more than £100,000 a year last year, with seven receiving more than £150,000.

The Town Hall Rich List, published by pressure group the Taxpayers Alliance, was compiled using Freedom of Information requests made to public sector bodies. The figures place the Royal Borough of Greenwich at 19th out of 435 in the league table of high pay for local authority officers, and 11th out of the 32 London boroughs. The Greenwich figure of 30 compares unfavourably to neighbouring boroughs, with 17 officers earning more than £100,000 in Conservative-run Bexley and 19 in Labour-run Lewisham.

Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, said: "Good people cost money, but these figures lay bare the high pay culture that has developed at Greenwich council. The situation is clearly untenable. We need to ask how successive Labour administrations allowed this culture to develop in the first place, and make sure that limited council taxpayers' money is being put to best possible use.

"This is true at all times, but is especially important when there are significant pressures on the public purse. Taxpayers are now picking up a heavy bill for years of past mistakes."

The full figures can be downloaded here.