‘Good value for money’ - Bristol City Council defends highest earners as salaries revealed
Seven council employees earning more than £100,000 were named in the report
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Bristol City Council’s director for housing and landlord services bagged the seventh most lucrative salary amongst councils across the UK, last year.
Donald Graham, who has an interim role, received £280,634 remuneration for the financial year ending in 2022 according to the Town Hall Rich List, compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. The highest-earning council employee in the UK was an unnamed managing director at Guilford Borough Council who earned £607,633.
Mr Graham is one of seven named Bristol City Council employees whose earnings surpassed £100,000 in the same financial year. The others were: - Stephen Peacock, executive director of growth and regeneration who earned £172,413
- Mike Jackson, Chief executive and head of paid service who earned £174,073
- Hugh Evans, Executive director of people who earned £140,793
- Pasty Mellor, Director of management of place who earned £125,931
- John Walsh, Director of workforce and change who earned £125,150
- Denise Murray, Director of finance who earned £125,150
When asked for comment by BristolWorld, the council defended the wage of its senior employees, insisting they ‘reflect the roles and responsibilities of senior officers who lead a billion-pound organisation’.
A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “The salary ranges of the most senior officers at Bristol City Council are agreed by councillors at Full Council. They reflect the roles and responsibilities of senior officers who lead a billion-pound organisation with over 6,000 employees and are responsible for running a city of half a million people, with an economy worth over £14 billion.
“To ensure our management structure remains efficient and good value for money, the Mayor has reduced the number of senior positions to save council taxpayers over £1 million a year.”