THE highest earning employees at Test Valley Borough Council have been revealed. 

Figures released by the Taxpayers' Alliance show that one member of staff at the borough council earnt more than £100,000 in 2022-2023.

The number of local authority employees across the country receiving more than £100,000 in total remuneration has risen to the highest level since 2013-14.

The data reveals that the highest earning borough council official at the time was the chief executive, Andy Ferrier, taking home a salary of £135,000.

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This was followed by Paul Wykes, head of environmental services; Dave Tasker, head of community and leisure; Phil Turner, head of housing and environmental health; Karen Dunn, head of legal and democratic services; Simon Finch, head of planning and building, and Carl Whatley, head of finance and revenues - all taking home £86,000.

Test Valley Borough Council has been asked for a comment. 

The data, published on Tuesday, April 9, also revealed that 38 staff members of the Hampshire County Council were paid more than £100,000 in 2022-2023, five more than in the previous 12 months.

Carolyn Williamson, the council’s chief executive, is the highest earner, taking home a salary of £236,968.

This is followed by Steve Crocker, director of children’s services and deputy chief executive, and Graham Allen, director of adults’ health and care and deputy chief executive, who both earn £178,640.

Other members of the council’s senior management team also cost the council more than £100,000.

They include Felicity Roe, director of community, culture and business services (£120,133); Stuart Jarvis, director of economy, transport and environment (£119,556); and Rob Carr, director of corporate operations (£168,363).

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A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “The data that the Taxpayers’ Alliance has provided is readily available, as these details are published by the County Council each year. It is important to note that the roles of a number of our most senior officers go beyond the delivery of services on behalf of just Hampshire County Council, with these positions also responsible for the delivery of a range of services to other local authorities and public sector partners nationally.

“Employing approximately 10,000 people directly and many more indirectly, Hampshire County Council is one of the largest public sector organisations in the country, serving 1.4 million residents, spending over £2 billion per year on the delivery of a wide range of complex and essential public services. County Council rates of pay are competitive in order to recruit, retain and motivate the best people, and to deliver value for money for the taxpayer - never has it been more important to ensure we have the right skills and expertise in place to help steer the Local Authority through the difficult and very challenging times ahead.”