Hundreds of local councilors in Britain are earning huge sums of money, occasionally even more than the British Prime Minister, new research has found.
The Taxpayers Alliance study revealed 658 local councilors have earned between £150,000 and £249,000 in 2010-2011 while 52 of them broke the £250,000 mark.
The councilor incomes put them well above most senior members of the British government, not to say the public.
The Scotsman found back in March that British Prime Minister David Cameron earned £160,500 in 2010 while Chancellor george osborne bagged £271,000, Minister for the Cabinet Francis Maude (£164,000), Foreign Secretary William Hague (£159,000) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (£157,700) in the same year.
The revelations of councilors earnings are especially shocking as they oversee the massive cuts to public services across Britain whose national debt beat the £1 trillion (62 percent of the GDP) record at the turn of the year.
The findings by the TPA come ahead of the May 3 local council elections across Britain and could affect the current local councilors’ votes.
"Taxpayers will be astonished that so many council employees are still getting such a generous deal while everyone else in the public sector is facing a pay freeze. The Town Hall Rich List shows that while councils insist cuts can only mean pressure on frontline services, some clearly have cash in the bank when it comes to paying their own senior staff," TPA chief executive Matthew Elliott said.