THE top earners at Shropshire Council have been revealed in this year's Town Hall Rich List.

Published by the Taxpayers' Alliance, a pressure group formed in 2004 which campaigns for lower taxation and public spending, the list shows some council staff took home six-figure salaries and other compensation in the year 2022-23.

The Town Hall Rich List, first compiled in 2007, assembles the most comprehensive list of council employees in the UK in receipt of over £100,000 in total remuneration in a single financial year.

In Shropshire, the council's chief executive Andy Begley was paid £163,848, with pension contributions of £28,510 bringing his total to £192,358, the list reveals.

The executive director of people received a salary of £142,220 and pension contributions of £24,746, a total of £166,966, while the executive director of resources received a salary of £142,089 and pension contributions of £24,723, a total of £166,812.

The director of public health received a salary of £129,295, with their total pushed up to £151,792 by pension contributions of £22,497, and the executive director of place received a salary of £142,259.

A further 12 employees, whose job titles and names were not disclosed, were each paid £102,500.

The Taxpayers' Alliance said that for the average (band D) property in England, council tax will rise by 5.1 per cent, or an extra £106, in 2024-25.

Nationally, at least 3,106 council employees received more than £100,000 in total remuneration, of which 829 received £150,000 or more, the Taxpayers' Alliance said.

But Shropshire's biggest salary is dwarfed when compared to the amount paid to the country's highest remunerated council employee, the now former director of culture, community and business services at Hampshire Council, Felicity Roe, who received £651,158 including a pension payment of £409,822, loss of office payment of £121,203 and salary of £120,133.