Pirate FM News 4 minute read

Cornwall Council tops south west pay league

Cornwall Council tops south west pay league

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:52am 20th April 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council has been revealed to be the local authority with the highest number of staff earning more than £100,000 in the South West.

The latest Town Hall Rich List, published by the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA), has revealed that 19 staff at County Hall are earning £100,000 or more per year.

Figures provided are for the year 2018/19 and show that the highest paid member of staff at Cornwall Council was chief executive Kate Kennally.

Ms Kennally received a salary of £176,885 and pension contribution of £30,955 bringing her total remuneration to £207,840. She did not claim any expenses and did not receive any bonus payments.

She was not the highest paid council executive in the South West with the chief executive of Dorset Council receiving £302,000.

Trevor Doughty, strategic director for children, schools and families at Cornwall Council, received a package worth £182,049 which includes a salary of £152,670, expenses of £2,662 and pension £26,717. Mr Doughty has since left the council.

The third highest paid member of staff at County Hall was Paul Masters, strategic director for neighbourhoods, with a total package of £179,180 including salary of £151,728, expenses of £900 and pension £26,552.

Two members of staff, whose job titles and names were not provided to the TPA, were paid salaries of £177,500. They had no expenses or pension contributions.

The strategic director for adult social care and health is next on the list with a total package worth £175,133.

Two staff with undisclosed titles were paid £172,500 each and another two £147,500.

The council’s strategic director for economic growth and development received a total package of £140,938 and the strategic director for assurance and monitoring was paid £124,504.

An unidentified member of staff was paid £112,50 and another was paid £107,500.

Cornwall’s chief fire officer and strategic director for resilient Cornwall was paid a total package of £106,998.

Three members of staff, whose job titles have been undisclosed, were paid £102,500.

Last on the list is the council’s strategic commercial growth advisor who was paid a salary of £82,173 – but with expenses of £3,951 and pension of £14,380 took their package to £100,504.

As a comparison, neighbouring Devon County Council had 16 staff paid £100,000 or more with the highest paid receiving £189,459.

The Local Democracy Service asked Cornwall Council to comment on the TPA data and report but has received no response.

“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.” 

TPA chief executive, John O’Connell 

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Adults in Cornwall 'among most overweight' in the south west

Cornwall News: The government's launched a new strategy to help tackle obesity

Warning south west families 'can't cope' with second Covid lockdown

Cornwall News: Experts are calling for a 'Plan B' if schools can't fully reopen

Newer articles

Covid-19: Essential ferry services supported in Cornwall

Cornwall News: They provide vital transport links for key workers

Tour of Britain race hopes it can still go ahead

Cornwall News: The cycling event kicks off in Cornwall in September

Older articles

Coronavirus: More help for fishing industry in Cornwall

Cornwall News: A £10m cash pot is being made available by the government

Covid-19 tests needed in 200 care homes in Cornwall

Cornwall News: The government's pledging to test all residents and staff with symptoms

Most read

New lockdowns don’t affect tourists coming to Cornwall

Cornwall News: The rules in the north of England don't include travel restrictions

Man dies after being pulled from the sea in west Cornwall

Cornwall News: Members of the public and emergency services tried to save him