Norfolk County Council defends £400,000 pay package for ex-boss

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A former Norfolk County Council chief executive was among the top 10 highest paid council bosses in Britain last year, collecting more than £400,000, a new report has claimed.

David White, who left his job in April last year, was the sixth best paid council official during the financial year 2012-13, according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

The alliance said that, in addition to his £205,000 a year salary, Mr White was paid more than £163,000 in compensation for the loss of his office as part of restructing of the authority, plus almost £32,000 in pension contributions.

But a council spokesman yesterday insisted that the figures reflected the cost of making the position redundant.

He added: “We have since recruited a managing director at a reduced salary and are keeping senior management requirements under review as part of our continuing efficiency drive.

The report also reveals that two West Norfolk Council officers were paid more than £100,000 over the same period.

However, the authority has said that only one officer, chief executive Ray Harding, receives such a salary.

A spokesman said the other figure related to a redundancy package.

Council leader Nick Daubney added: “We maintain a tight control on our constantly-reviewed finances.

“Over the years we have reduced the size of our senior management team by sharing resource with other organisations and we will continue to look at opportunities for making savings.”

The report, which has been published today, Tuesday, August 5, records no change in the number of officers receiving six-figure salaries at the Breckland, North Norfolk and South Holland councils, all of which have one.

Overall, the alliance says the number of officials being paid high salaries is falling across the country.

But chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: “Too many local authorities are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll. Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.”