Rich list reveals ex-big earners

Blackpool Town Hall and (below) council leader Simon Blackburn.

Blackpool Town Hall and (below) council leader Simon Blackburn.

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The latest town hall rich list shows six-figure sums were handed to three members of staff at Blackpool Council – but all three have since left the local authority.

The annual research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals in the financial year 2011/12 remuneration packages totalling nearly half a million pounds were paid out.

Andrew Pollock, former director of resources received £266,106, including £135,864 in pension entitlements.

Former director of children, adults and families David Lund, who took voluntary redundancy last year, received £150,955, while former director of Blackpool services Shirley Young, who also took voluntary redundancy in 2012, received £107,642.

However none of the current directors, including chief executive Neil Jack, are now earning a salary above £100,000.

It is in stark contrast to 2009, when the council employed six directors in the top pay bracket.

Coun Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We committed to cutting the number of senior officers, which we have done – down from 35 to 12, and committed to end inflated salaries, which we have done, from paying six people over £100,000 a year down to none. This, taken with cuts to councillors’ pay, will save almost £2m in our term of office.”

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.”

During the same financial year, the figures show Fylde Council paid its outgoing chief executive Phil Woodward £224,000, which included £79,000 in salary, and £91,000 in pension contributions, plus other contributions.

Mr Woodward took retirement after five years in charge at Fylde.

Wyre Council paid its chief executive Garry Payne £97,201 in 2011/12, including a salary of £77,801.

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