Eric Pickles told Today programme listeners this morning that pay for council chief execs had risen by 75 per cent over just five years, as we reported on ft.com today.
It turns out that this is not the case, as the Guardian explains here. The confusion comes down to an Audit Commission report which said that FTSE 250 company chief execs enjoyed a 78 per cent pay rise between 2002 and 2007. This was more than double the 34 per cent rise for council bosses from 2002 to 2008. Somehow the two figures were mixed up by the communities secretary. Read more