London council boss paid £447k in one year – more than double Boris Johnson’s salary

A London Council official was paid just shy of half a million pounds earning more than double Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s salary. Robyn Fairman was paid £447,476 in 2020-21 for her role as Deputy CEO at Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC), a campaign ground has found.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has published its annual Town Hall Rich List, which found Ms Fairman was one of the highest earners in the country. According to the council’s website, Robyn Fairman is the executive director for RBKC ’s Grenfell response.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson earns a little more than £157,000 from his salaries as PM and an MP – almost a third of what the RBKC official received. Ms Fairman’s salary makes her one of the highest-paid council officials in the country and she is the second-highest-paid council official in London behind Croydon Council’s former CEO Jo Negrini. Ms Negrini received the highest pay of any council employee in the country at £613,895 in the 2020-21 financial year, despite Croydon Council declaring bankruptcy in November 2020.

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In London in 2020-2021, 613 council staffers earned more than £100,000, including 177 who made more than £150,000. That’s despite councils facing major cuts in recent years.

Westminster City Council had 44 employees paid more than £100,000. Westminster City Council CEO Stuart Love said: “Westminster City Council is a high-profile local authority with unique responsibilities at the heart of the capital. As such, we need to recruit the best talent for managing within a complex organisation whose work involves partnership with central government, the multi-billion economy of the West End and 260,000 residents.

“The salaries paid reflect the skills needed to lead the authority in a post-pandemic world. There has been increased recruitment at a senior level to replace a number of interim staff with permanent employees which will result in a saving to the council.”

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis want to know they are getting value for money from their local authority leadership. With households having suffered through the pandemic and now struggling under colossal tax bills, the country needs councils to prioritise key services without resorting to punishing tax hikes.

“These figures will allow residents to judge town hall bosses for themselves and hold their local councils to account.” Croydon Council did not comment and RBKC has been contacted for comment.

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