The number of top earners on Enfield Council’s staff has risen by 60 per cent 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.

“Disappointingly, many local authorities are now responding to financial reality through further tax rises and reducing services rather than scaling back top pay.

“Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with staggering pay-outs for those leaving their jobs.

“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.

“We have also been an early adopter of the London Living Wage, with the lowest paid workers receiving an increase in their basic pay in 2019 of 3.4 per cent.”

“Since 2010, following central government funding reductions, Haringey Council’s core spending power has been reduced by £122 million in real terms – that’s 59 per cent less coming into our council – and our workforce has been almost halved.

“This year – for the first time in nine years – Haringey raised council tax by 2.99 per cent, adding 74p each week to the average bill.

“Alongside this, there is support for some of our borough’s least well-off families, with 100 per cent relief through our council tax reduction scheme.

“We will continue to find ways of making our council more efficient and are committed to delivering the services we know our residents rely on.”

Enfield Council was also approached for comment.