‘Rich list’ reveals five Wakefield Council bosses earned more than £100,000

Joanne Roney after announcing budget proposals' 'LOCATION:  Wakefield Town Hall
Joanne Roney after announcing budget proposals' 'LOCATION: Wakefield Town Hall

Five senior managers at Wakefield Council earned more than £100,000 last year, according to the Town Hall Rich List.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance study revealed that chief executive Joanne Roney had a salary of £175,190 and earned a further £26,103 in pension contributions during the 2011-2012 financial year.

Corporate director for regeneration and economic growth Andy Wallhead and corporate director for communities Andrew Balchin each earned £130,986.

Corporate director for family services Elaine McHale and director for adult services Sam Pratheepan, who both retired in October last year, earned £159,346 and £108,279 respectively.

The previous year, when the council had a corporate director for corporate performance role, there were six managers receiving over £100,000.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of The Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “It is good news that the number of senior council staff making more than £100,000 a year is finally falling, although that may only be because many authorities have finished paying eye-watering redundancy bills.

“Sadly, too many local authorities are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll, some of whom are given hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation just to move from one public sector job to another. Residents won’t be impressed if their council pleads poverty when it is demanding more and more council tax, only then to spend it creating more town hall tycoons.”

Senior managers agreed to take a five per cent cut for the 2012-13 financial year, which was announced in last year’s budget.