MORE than 350 nanny state “killjoys” pocketed over £100,000 in pay and perks last year for telling the rest of us how to live, a report reveals.
Nearly half of them – 242 – work for Public Health England which campaigns to encourage people to drink less and cut junk food.
The organisation’s London Director Yvonne Doyle was paid a package worth £257,500.
She was one of six employees who earned over £200,000 in 2018-19, the report says.
But the biggest earner was Northern Ireland’s acting public health director Dr Adrian Mairs whose remuneration topped £311,500. This included a salary of between £155,000 and £160,000 and an employer pension contribution of £154,000.
The lavish pay deals enjoyed by “killjoy” public health chiefs is laid bare in the Nanny State Rich List compiled by the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
It reveals that 21 officials earned more than the Prime Minister’s £154,908 last year.
Britain’s top ten paid public health chiefs earned an average of £242,650.
The report states: “The size and excess of public health organizations throughout the UK is increasing.”
The number of local council public health officials increased from 17 to 22 in the last year – a rise of 29 per cent.
Highest paid was Mike Gogarty, who received a total of £194,020 as director of well-being, public health and communities for Essex County Council.
The report’s author members of the public will be enraged to learn they foot the bill for fat cat officials who dictate how they should lead their lives.
Scott Simmonds, who compiled the list for the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
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“Brain surgeons, consultants, nurses and carers deserve their salaries but it’s hard to justify such sky-high pay bills for the high priests of the nanny state.
“Typical taxpayers are subject to a deluge of media stories criticising them for their lifestyles. Many are sick to the back teeth of being judged and lectured by well-heeled quangocrats.
“Where someone is earning huge amounts at taxpayers’ expense they must be accountable to the people who pay the bill and who rely on the services they run.”
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