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Released executives' salary figures branded "misleading and inaccurate"

PUBLISHED: 16:52 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 November 2015

Gravesham Borough Council offices

Gravesham Borough Council offices

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Figures released by the pressure group the Taxpayers' Alliance have been refuted by Gravesham council

Figures on the salaries of executives working across Kent’s local government released by the TaxPayers’ Alliance have been slammed for being “misleading and inaccurate”.

Figures suggested there were 41 officers at Kent County Council benefitting from packages of more than £100,000.

KCC claim that this more than double the real figure, and has taken up the issue with the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

A KCC spokesman told us: “KCC is one of the largest local authorities in the UK and currently employs 20 individuals earning more than £100k.”

Gravesham council refuted the findings, which said it has four people earning over £100k.

The council said: “The figures include employer’s pension contributions which authorities are obliged by law to make. There is only one officer, the chief executive, whose actual salary exceeds £100,000.

“Even using the figures used by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the figure of four employees deemed to be receiving above £100,000 compares well with other authorities in Kent given many of them have no housing stock and have outsourced their refuse collection, recycling and street cleansing functions.

“Gravesham retains its housing stock and so has housing management functions to undertake and has a full direct service organisation undertaking refuse collection, recycling, street cleansing and housing maintenance.”

These figures as come as local council’s prepare to ahead of expected announcements on further cuts when the chancellor George Osbourne announces his spending review later this month.

A statement from the alliance said: “Between 2009-10 and 2014-15, local authority spending has been reduced by 23.4 per cent per person in real terms. With growing populations, reductions in central government grants in many areas, and a cap on council tax increases, many councils are reducing services.

“However, executive salaries in many local authorities remain high, raising questions over value for money for taxpayers.”

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