Boris Johnson's two top aides now get paid more than David Cameron.
In a week that saw the annual increase in Taxis fares set at just 0.7%, plus an announcement that drivers will soonno longer be able to recoup any of the cost of picking up passenger at London's Airports, London Mayor Boris Johnson gives two senior staff pay rises, taking them past David Cameron’s wage.
Chief of staff Sir Edward Lister got an £11,000 rise to £150,000 and adviser Neale Coleman’s pay rose £12,000 to £145,000. The Prime Minister is paid £142,000.
London Assembly Labour member Fiona Twycross said the rises were “outrageous”.
It also emerged transport chief Sir Peter Hendy (who last year was paid £650.000, 4.5times what the Primeminister gets) blew £3,000 on taxis at public expense last year.
A spokeswoman for the mayor said Mr Coleman’s rise was linked to additional regeneration work, while Sir Edward’s “reflects his ongoing responsibilities”.
Transport for London said of Sir Peter: “There are occasions when his full schedule and late hours necessitate the use of taxis.”
MP Gareth Thomas asks:
"Is this the real reason why a couple commuting to work from Harrow, Croydon or Redbridge will have to pay an extra £120 next year?"
Last year, the chief executive of the £15 billion Crossrail project, Andrew Wolstenholme, earned a £577,000 salary boosted by a bonus of £123,000. Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell received £552,000, of which £223,000 was paid as a bonus.
Mike Brown, managing director of Rail and Underground was paid £476,000, including a £164,000 bonus and Steve Allen, managing director of finance, was paid £451,000 boosted by a £162,000 bonus. The bonus pot totalled £2.5 million.