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Bucks Council's Chief Exec featured on top council earners list

Rachael Shimmin is listed as earning over £250k.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:50am 15th April 2020. (Updated at 2:00pm 15th April 2020) 4-minute read.

Bucks Council's Chief Exec featured on top council earners list

Council workers who earn over £100,000 have been revealed, with Buckinghamshire's Chief Exec among the top earners.

The Taxpayers alliance have released their 13th "Town Hall Rich List" for 2020 which includes council workers who earn over 100k per year. 

In Buckinghamshire 32 people, from Buckinghamshire, Wycombe, Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern councils, feature on the list.

In the South East the local authority with the most employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2018-19 was Kent with 32.

It is important to note this list was compiled before the unitary council was launched and is based on the 2018-2019 accounts released by individual authorities. 

Rachael Shimmin, Buckinghamshire Councils Chief Executive and Bucks County Councils former CE, is listed as earning £273,766, including pension contributions, putting her 18th in the high paid category

Rachael Shimmin, Chief Executive

As Buckinghamshire Council saw local authorities merge, there are 32 members of staff listed from the individual authorities however their wages under the unitary council may be different.

Although some of the Bucks names and job roles are undisclosed, those named on the 'Rich List' include (total with pension contributions):

  • Rachael Shimmin - Buckinghamshire - Chief Executive - £273, 664
  • Gillian Quinton - Buckinghamshire - Executive Director (CHASC) - £215,387
  • Tolis Vouyioukas - Buckinghamshire - Children's Services Executive Director (Children's Services) - £210, 124
  • Sarah Ashmead - Buckinghamshire - Executive Director (Resources) - £192,430
  • Karen Satterford - Wycombe - Chief Executive -  £136,090

John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

“The coronavirus crisis means that frontline council services are more crucial than ever, but at the same time household budgets face an enormous squeeze from crushing council tax rises.

“There are plenty of talented people in local authorities who are focused on delivering more for less, but that is needed across the board. The country needs every council to cut out waste and prioritise key services without resorting to punishing tax hikes on their residents.

“These figures should shine a light on the town hall bosses who’ve got it right, but also allow taxpayers to hold to account those who aren’t delivering value for money at this critical time.” 

Statement from Buckinghamshire Council: 

"The Taxpayers Alliance figures are over a year old as they refer to the 2018/19 financial year and the Bucks councils quoted don’t now exist. Since then, the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council has been designed, planned and implemented. Having just one council instead of the previous five has resulted in the need for fewer senior management posts. These reductions have resulted in senior staff savings of £1.75m to date and include moving from four chief executives to just one.

 "The senior management salaries in the new council, now one of the largest unitary authorities in the country, reflect the responsibility that their roles entail. Together, the new management structure is responsible for a council with an annual budget of more than one billion pounds, bigger than many FTSE 100 companies.

"Right now, Buckinghamshire Council is fully focussed on the fight against Coronavirus and will continue to ensure it provides the best possible cost-effectiveness and value for money for the taxpayer in all areas of its operation."

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