'The number of local authority fat cats earning more than £100,000 has surged to almost 2,500 – just as households are hit by a sharp rise in council tax bills, a report shows.
Some 608 council employees earned packages exceeding the Prime Minister's £150,000 salary, up from 558 on the previous year.
And 28 of the officials took home total pay packets exceeding £250,000, the annual Town Hall Rich List report by the Taxpayers' Alliance pressure group revealed.
The scale of local authority spending was revealed as families prepare for an average rise of £76 a year on their council tax bills from this month.
A total of 2,454 council employees earned more than £100,000 in 2017/18, the analysis found.
This represents an increase of more than six per cent in those receiving six-figure packages – including pensions, bonuses, expenses and other pay-outs – from 2,306 the previous year.
The prevalence of generous pay packages comes despite council workers having to endure years of pay freezes under government austerity measures.
According to the rich list, the highest paid council employee was Slough Borough Council's interim chief executive Roger Parkin, who earned £595,077.
His basic salary of £112,159 was topped up by an early pension payment of £339,903 and a severance payment of £142,215 when he left the role at the end of 2017.
The council defended the payments as 'only what is contractually and statutorily mandated'.
The second highest-paid council chief was Joe Blott, Wirral Council's managing director for delivery, who took home a total pay packet of £569,423. This included pension payments of £357,223 and a severance pay-out of £93,413 when he left the role.'
Read more: Council fat cat earns nearly FOUR TIMES more than the Prime Minister with his £600,000 salary, as Town Hall Rich List reveals huge rise in bosses being paid more than £100,000 - while households suffer council tax rise
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