Two Newry council staff get over £100k a year

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Newry and Mourne Council is the only council outside of Belfast which employs two staff who receive more than £100,000 a year, a UK-wide report has revealed.

Just a year ago the council – one of only three Ulster councils to employ any staff on a six-figure salary – employed no one whose total remuneration was more than £100,000.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance Town Hall Richlist found that across the UK there had been a five per cent fall in the number of council staff paid with total remuneration of six figures.

Belfast employs two members of staff who receive more than £100,000, while Omagh employs one person who was paid a six-figure sum.#

Omagh paid one member of staff a basic salary of £105,000.

Newry and Mourne Council paid one staff member £105,000 and another employee is paid £115,000.

Belfast — which is by far the largest council in Northern Ireland — had two staff on salaries of over £100,000.

One individual is paid £125,000, while another is paid £105,000.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance chief executive, Jonathan Isaby, said: “It is good news that the number of senior council staff making more than £100,000 a year is 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.

“It’s particularly galling in places where councils are pleading poverty and demanding more and more in Council Tax. Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.

“Many rank-and-file staff in local councils will be equally appalled - at a time when councils across the country are freezing pay, it appears the money they’re saving is being used to line the pockets of town hall tycoons.”