Bromley’s fat cat salaries

PUBLISHED: 17:32 22 September 2010

Heavy budget cuts expected at Gravesham Borough Council

Heavy budget cuts expected at Gravesham Borough Council


SHOCKING figures have revealed that a total of 111 public sector workers in the borough are paid fat salaries of more than £100,000 with the majority coming from the NHS.

Residents on the streets of Bromley branded the figures obtained by the BBC and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism as “disgusting” and “disgraceful”

Chief executive of Bromley council Doug Patterson earned £46,000 more than Prime Minister David Cameron, taking home a salary of £188,785.

Bromley council directors Terry Rich, Nigel Davies, Marc Hume, Paul Dale and Mark Bowen also earn hefty salaries between £104,000 and £135,000.

Despite Youth Services being slashed in Bromley by £1.4million as a result of the government spending cuts, as reported in the Times last week, the director of Children and Young People’s Services, Gillian Pearson, enjoys a salary of £134,452.

Some 82 consultants and GPs are paid six figure salaries with eight being paid more than the Prime Minister.

Bromley Primary Care Trust chief executive, Simon Robbins, who headed-up the A Picture of Health quango which formulated plans to close Sidcup’s A&E at Queen Mary’s Hospital, earned a total remuneration of £127,500.

Gail Stevens, 52, a landlady of Tweedy Road, Bromley, said: “I think it is disgraceful. They should be getting pay cuts, everyone has to tighten their belts at the moment so why shouldn’t they? Doctors, GPs, teachers, everyone should take a pay cut. Maybe they should spend some of the money saved on policing.”

Director of Finance at Bromley Primary Care Trust Marie Farrell and Joint Public Health director Dr Nada Lemic earned between £102,500 and £135,000 this year.

One Bromley teacher out of the 15 in the borough earning over £100,000 earns just under that taken home by the PM at £142,499 per annum.

The remaining six council workers, 14 school staff and 68 NHS staff earning over £100,000 were not named despite being asked for their name, title and place of work.

A spokesperson from Bromley council said: “It is not appropriate to comment on individual renumeration packages.”

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