The number of senior government workers earning more than £150,000 has fallen by a third since the Coalition came to power, it emerged yesterday. In April, 234 civil servants and other officials had salaries in the top tax band – down from 291 in 2011 and 372 in 2010.
The chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Dennis Hone, was the highest paid on between £310,000 and £315,000. But that was significantly lower than last year's No 1, the head of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Tony Fountain, whose package was worth more than £500,000. His successor, John Clarke, is earning between £265,000 and £270,000, according to figures released by the Government. Under the squeeze on pay overseen by the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, any salary above the Prime Minister's £142,500 has to be signed off by the Treasury.
Mr Maude said: "These figures show that there are a third fewer civil servants earning over £150,000 than there were under Labour.
"We must continue to attract the very best into public office but, unlike before, all salaries over this level are now specifically approved by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury."