H&F Council paid its chief exec £309,712 last year

The Sunday Times reports:

“The highest paid council executive in London last year was Nigel Pallace, former chief executive of the Labour- controlled Hammersmith and Fulham, who was paid a total package of £309,712, which included a salary of £190,000.”

That’s more than twice the Prime Minister’s salary – she gets by on £150,402.

The Taxpayers Alliance Town Hall Rich List report gives more details. It says Hammersmith and Fulham Council provided pay packages of over £100,000 to the following officials last year:

Nigel Pallace, Chief Executive – £309,712

Elizabeth Bruce, Shared Services Executive Director of Adult Social Care for LBHF, RBKC and WCC – £183,321

Juliemma McLoughlin, Lead Director of Planning and Development – £176,135

Hitesh Jolapara, Strategic Finance Director (Section 151 Officer) – £159,433

Kim Dero Director of Delivery and Value  £154,765

Debbie Morris Director of Human Resources £143,071

Nick Austin Director of Environmental Health  £130,573

Michael Hainge Commercial Director  £129,897

The report adds that Nigel’s basic pay was £190,000 – he also got £24,700 as a performance related bonus and another £95,012 as “compensation for loss of office.” He’s now the chief executive of Slough Borough Council. Good for him. But there is a wider story of how dysfunctional Hammersmith and Fulham Council has become with its senior management since Labour took over in 2014. At first they had Nicholas Holgate as chief executive. Then they had Nigel Pallace – an Extraordinary Council Meeting was specially specially held to appoint.

Then last November we had another Extraordinary Council Meeting to appoint Kim Dero. It only took 12 minutes.

Three chief executives in four years is not exactly ideal in terms of good management – quite apart from the huge sums Council Taxpayers money being spent. It is incompetence as well as extravagance.

But that is not the only post where people keep coming and going. For instance the Housing Department – which I have a particular interest in as the Conservative housing spokesman – we saw the appointment of Nilavra Mukerji as the Director of Housing Services. He resigned as a Labour councillor at Westminster to take up the post. His basic pay at Hammersmith and Fulham Council was £104,669 a year. A lot of his time was spent on the Council’s doomed stock transfer project. That unwanted scheme cost £1.395 million – not including Nilavra’s salary – before it was abandoned. Then last year he left.

By the way, I think the Taxpayers Alliance understates the scale of six figure pay packages at Hammersmith Town Hall. According the latest transparency data – which the Council is obliged to publish on its website the list has 26 paid over £100,000 a year – when bonuses and pension contributions are included.

When they were in opposition Labour attacked “fat cat” pay at the Council – at the time the total number earning over £100,000 was nine.


4 thoughts on “H&F Council paid its chief exec £309,712 last year

  1. Is it possible to direct your readers to figures which show the amount, in total, the council spent on payroll/wages overall? And also how much of that the council needs to meet in terms of future pension costs i.e. if payroll is 200 million per annum, the council is obliged to pay x% of that in future unfunded pension cost. And finally, what the council currently pays out in unfunded pensions to previous employees? The reason that I ask is that these hidden (and always building costs) are what is hurting councils, and central government, and most importantly and the public, across the country.

    • I agree about more focus being needed on pensions in the public sector. They remain generous relative to the rest of the workforce.

      Alison Saunders left the CPS after only a few years at the helm, yet her pension pot was apparently £1.8mio.

      Accumulating these kind of payouts in the private sector, even with decent basic pay, is hard indeed.

      • Hi Richard,
        It is the sword that is hanging over society-unfunded public pensions. They don’t even appear on calculations that calculate the structural deficit. When you take into account the amount of non productive people who are employed in the public sector, let alone the productive ones, it will end up bankrupting us all. Shame you can’t get hold of any concrete figures, it appears to be about 25-30% of council tax. And it keeps going up. A rise of just 2% a year in line with inflation is over 10% increase in 5 years, and that doesn’t include compounding. Pensions simply cannot afford to be paid, it is a ticking time bomb.

  2. I suspect this is why pension pot tax relief has been steadily reduced the last few years. It was the only politically expedient way to get some control over balooning public-sector costs. Of course, everyone has to suffer, even those genuinely earning their pension in a private business.

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