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1 April 2010, 06:42
There's been a significant increase in the number of council staff earning six-figure sums across the UK.
The Taxpayers' Alliance says more than 1200 local authority workers have salaries of at least £100,000. That's 14% higher than last year.
The campaign group says 31 town hall employees now earn more than the Prime Minister. That list includes Suffolk County Council Chief Exec Andrea Hill who controversially earnt more than £206,000 in 2008.
No staff at Forest Heath District Council make more than £100,000, while Ipswich Borough Council's Chief, the late James Hehir had a 6.5% pay increase in 2008 with his salary rising to more than £123,000.
Andrew Good, the Chief Executive at Mid Suffolk District Council had a smaller rise in pay, with a 2.3% increase meaning he earnt £107,125. While St Edmundsbury Chief Deborah Cadman's salary remained the same.
Stephen Baker got a 26.4% increase in pay in 2008. He took on the joint role of leading Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council. His salary leapt from £105,374 to £133,209, but the local authorities say the move actually saved each of them around £40,000.
The only Council boss in Suffolk to take a pay cut is based at Babergh. Patricia Rockell turned down her bonus in 2008 meaning her overall salary dropped 8.1% from £125,904 to £115,688. Heart's learnt Patricia has done the same again, feeling it's not right to accept bonuses in the current economic climate.