The number of top earners on Enfield Council’s staff has risen by 60% in a year, figures have shown.
Data from campaign group The TaxPayers’ Alliance show there were 16 council employees earning more than £100,000 in 2017-18 – up from 10 during the previous year.
Top earners include the chief executive, the executive director of finance, resources and customer services, and the executive director of health, housing and adult social care.
The identities of 11 of the top earners were not disclosed.
Neighbouring Haringey has seven employees earning more than £100,000 – down from eight during the previous financial year.
These include the chief executive, the director of public health and the director of housing and regeneration planning.
Three Enfield Council workers and four Haringey Council employees earn more than £150,000 – down from four and six respectively in 2016-17.
The Town Hall Rich List reveals Essex had the highest number of top earners in 2017-18, with 55 workers on salaries of more than £100,000.
In London, Hackney and Lambeth councils each paid 28 employees more than £100,000.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 over the last 20 years and spending has gone through the roof."
“There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raises serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”
But a spokesperson for Haringey Council pointed out that its pay bill for senior managers had fallen by £355,000 since 2016.
The spokesperson added: “In 2015, the bonus payment for senior managers was removed and since 2016 the pay award for this group has been paid at the same or at a lower rate as the rest of the workforce, which is nationally agreed."
A 10-year plan to boost jobs and opportunities in town centres under threat from online shopping has been agreed by councillors.
Haringey Council’s Strategy for Tottenham High Road will provide affordable workspace and promote leisure and cultural opportunities in a bid to attract more people to the area and protect thousands of jobs.
The council will carry out five major projects in Bruce Grove, Seven Sisters and the “village” of Tottenham Green and High Cross.
These will involve measures such as making streets and public places more accessible, improving air quality and supporting art and culture.
Five more of Haringey’s parks have been given bad ratings following inspections – but the council is challenging the judgements.
Woodside Park, Priory Park, Bruce Castle Park, Markfield Park and Albert Recreation Ground were all rated red following mystery shopper visits by Keep Britain Tidy – meaning inspectors had major concerns about their upkeep.
It comes after Finsbury Park and Downhills Park were temporarily stripped of their green flags – which are awarded to well managed parks and green spaces – following visits in September and October.
Problems such as graffiti and damaged bins and play equipment were highlighted in Keep Britain Tidy’s inspection reports.
A further 10 Haringey parks were rated amber, meaning inspectors had “some concerns” about their state, while only three were rated green, signalling they had no concerns.
The council said it is challenging the five red ratings and the reports will be published once its discussions with Keep Britain Tidy are over.
Two councillors have been sacked from Haringey’s cabinet in a shake-up of the council’s top leadership team.
Zena Brabazon, who was cabinet member for civic services, and Peray Ahmet, who was in charge of the adults and health portfolio, were removed from their positions by council leader Joseph Ejiofor in a move announced on New Year’s Eve.
The council leader said he wanted to end “persistent personal conflicts” and build a cabinet that worked together more closely.
Cllr Ejiofor said: “I’d like to put on record my thanks to Cllrs Ahmet and Brabazon for their contributions to this administration.
“However, they understand my need for a cabinet that works closer together to deliver our manifesto and the eradication of a number of persistent personal conflicts.
“I still believe they have a contribution to make to our borough and expect them to support our administration from the back benches.”
Cllr Brabazon and Cllr Ahmet both stood as candidates in the Labour group leadership election that was won by Cllr Ejiofor in May last year.
The two former cabinet members were opponents of major regeneration schemes, including the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV).
The HDV was scrapped by the new administration following a wave of protest that led to the deselection of sitting councillors and their replacement with more left-wing candidates in the run-up to last year’s local elections.
But other projects – including a £500m transformation of Tottenham Hale, which was opposed by Cllr Brabazon – have been given the green light.
Cllr Brabazon, who represents the Harringay ward, is also co-chair of the council’s Fairness Commission – a panel of community and faith leaders, experts, residents and politicians looking at ways of making Haringey a fairer and more equal borough.
Kaushika Amin is Haringey’s new cabinet member for civic services, while Sarah James has stepped into the adults and health role.
More electric vehicle charging points needed in Haringey
Thousands of charging points could be installed across Haringey over the next decade to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles.
Haringey Council says the borough will need 2,000 charging points by 2025 as more and more people make the switch to environmentally friendly modes of transport.
The borough saw 225 electric vehicle registrations in 2017 – up from 94 in 2014 – and measures such as the Inner London Ultra-Low Emission Zone are expected to boost uptake further.
The roll-out of electric charging points is one of several proposals contained in the council’s Draft Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Action Plan, which went out to public consultation this month (December 2018).
While some people are expected to install their own charging points for electric vehicles, most Londoners keep their cars on residential streets.
This means the council needs to step in to provide more on-street charging points.
It says this will come at “minimal cost” to the council, as the companies providing the charging points will cover the costs and pay rent to the local authority.
Haringey Council aims to ensure all of its own vehicles are electric by 2030 and to encourage bus and taxi firms to make the switch to electric by 2040.
Labour has won a by-election with a comfortable majority to re-take a council seat left empty following a councillor’s resignation.
Labour candidate Seema Chandwani saw off a challenge by the Liberal Democrats to take the West Green seat in Tottenham with 56.6% of the vote.
Lib Dem candidate Elizabeth Payne put in a strong showing, winning 27.6% of the vote – more than triple the party's share in the May 2018 local election.
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Ishmael Osamor following his conviction on drugs charges.
Councillor Chandwani announced she would donate £1,000 of her councillor’s allowance to a “youth fund” for the people of Tottenham. Tottenham MP David Lammy will also put £1,000 into the fund.
Mr Lammy tweeted: “Well done @SeemaChandwani for a great victory in West Green Ward. Wonderful to dedicate your win to Tottenham’s young people.”
Councillor Chandwani will also help to launch a leadership programme for young women of ethnic minority backgrounds in Haringey “to equip them to challenge and campaign against the social injustices they face”.
Along with fellow Labour councillor Ruth Gordon, she has pledged to hold collections at full council to encourage members to donate to foodbanks.
Cllr Chandwani’s victory means Labour now has 42 seats on Haringey Council, with the Liberal Democrats on 15.