“One hundred and twenty-three top TfL managers, we report, earned more than £100,000 last year. Their average pay was £140,000 — £2,500 higher than the Mayor's. Fifteen earn more than the Prime Minister. The top earner made £540,000”
As Gilligan points out, this means that Transport for London has six times more managers on a £100,000 plus than the UK Treasury.
The extent to which extra spending on public transport has been siphoned off into higher salaries for bureaucrats is demonstrated by the fact that in 1980 “only one person, the chief executive, earned the then equivalent of £100k.” As Gilligan asks, does anyone believe that Transport for London is “123 times better, or busier, than it was in the 1980s”?
If the Tories—both in local and central government—want to make some easy savings and cash in on public anger, they should institute a cull of public sector fat cats. It is plain wrong that as taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet, their hard-earned money is being used to support public-sector feather-bedding.