MORE than 28,000 council workers are earning upwards of £500,000 a year according to the TaxPayers' Alliance.
Across the UK it is costing £1.9 million in total. The cost of paying these staff is the equivalent of 7.5 per cent of council tax receipts.
This bill is down 12.5 per cent from last year but 118 councils increased the amount spent on staff earning more than £50,000 — some by millions of pounds. However, 266 local authorities reduced the number of officials receiving in excess of £50,000.
Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It is incredible that some councils have even increased spending on high earning staff this year after a decade in which council tax doubled across the country and when every local authority needs to find savings and ease the burden.
"In those cases where it is the result of redundancy payments then we need to see the savings soon."