TWO councils say they have reduced the number of staff being paid more than £100,000 a year.
Figures from the Taxpayers’ Alliance claim Hartlepool Borough Council has reduced the number of people on a £100,000 salary from six in 2010/11 to two in 2011/12.
A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said the figure for 2011/12 included Acting chief executive Nicola Bailey with a salary of £158,000 and the then director of regeneration and Neighbourhoods Dave Stubbs with a salary of £130,000.
The spokesman added: “The council is fully aware of the financial pressures which it faces and over the last four years reducing senior management by more than a third and reducing the number of departments from five to three has resulted in several million pounds of savings which have helped to protect frontline services in the wake of unprecedented Government cuts.”
The campaign group claims figures for Durham County Council increased from 17 in 2010/11 to 22 in 2011/12, but Don McLure, corporate director of resources at Durham County Council, said they have reduced the number of staff on £100,000 and the figures include one-off redundancy payments aimed at reducing management costs by 30 per cent.