Almost half of local authority chief executives were paid more than £150,000 last year - more than the Prime Minister, according to research.
A study of 300 councils in England and Wales showed that pay ranged from £62,000 in West Somerset to almost £300,000 in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
The highest paid female chief executive last year was at Essex County Council, earning £237,000, said the report by Incomes Data Services (IDS).
County council chief executives in the South East were the highest paid, with average earnings of £204,000, compared with £159,000 in the South West, the study showed.
My comment: They should cut fat cat wages before front line services.
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