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The Taxpayers’ Alliance have today (Wednesday) published their annual “Town Hall Rich List”.  According to their research, of the 10 highest paid council officials in England, nine are employed by Conservative councils.

Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said:

“This is a major embarrassment for David Cameron and Eric Pickles. Yet again, it is Conservative councils who are failing the test on value for money that the Tory leadership have set. Nine out of 10 of the top town hall earners are employed by Tory councils. They need to get their own house in order before pointing the finger at other parties.

“But whatever councils do about top pay, it will not help the worst off local communities who have been hit hardest by Eric Pickles’ unfair, front-loaded cuts.

“On top of the news that more Tory councils than Labour councils are raising council tax this year, this is yet more evidence that if you want a council that stands up for working families in tough times, you should vote Labour on 3 May. Labour councils cost you less.”

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