Councils to publish executive pay

Rules forcing English councils to publish chief executives’ salaries are to be introduced by the end of 2009.

Minister Rosie Winterton said it would affect 2,500 officials and people had the right to see the full picture.

About 20 council bosses are thought to earn more than the prime minister’s œ194,000 salary.

The body representing council chiefs said it was advising them to be more open about pay – but the Tories said the rules did not go far enough.

The new rules would force up to 475 local authority bodies, including Transport for London and police and fire authorities, to detail the salaries, bonuses, pensions, perks and compensation pay-offs of their most senior staff.

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