City Hall disputes criticism over salary increases

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Greater London Assembly (GLA) has refuted criticism over salary increases under Sadiq Khan’s administration.

The Taxpayers' Alliance (TPA), which campaigns for lower taxes and government transparency, recently published a City Hall Rich List detailing the number of employees that earn over £100,000 a year.

“Sadiq Khan, the current mayor of London, has complained about financial woes, while the staffing costs of City Hall employees have risen by 82 per cent,” the document said.

It also claimed Transport for London, the GLA and the Mayor’s office had seen “substantial increases” in the number of staff receiving over £100,000 since 2015-16.

But City Hall has hit back, telling talkRADIO that the claim was “definitely wrong”.

A spokeswoman said: “We don’t recognise the figures that the Taxpayers' Alliance are using.”

The TPA claims that  at least 654 people employed by the GLA and its subsidiary bodies received more than £100,000 in 2018-19, compared to 653 in 2015-16.

In the Mayor's office it said 16 members of the Mayoral team received more than £100,000 in total remuneration in 2018-19, compared to seven in 2015-16.

The GLA responded: "The number of employees earning more than £100k has remained at 3% since 2016. The increase of only six between 2016 and now is partly due to inflation and annual incremental increases in salaries, taking some staff just over the £100k salary mark."

However a spokesman later clarified that the GLA figures related to salary and did not take into account expenses.  

The TPA said it gathered its information from a Freedom of Information request and the GLA website.

Sam Packer from the organisation spoke to talkRADIO's Mike Graham today - watch their discussion above.

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