FIFE Council's highest earners have been revealed with its chief executive receiving a total of £201,624 last year.

The 'Town Hall Rich List' was released by the TaxPayers' Alliance and show the highest local authority earners from across the UK.

In Scotland, the local authority with the most employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2020-21 was Edinburgh with 29, one more than the previous year.

The biggest remuneration package was received by Glasgow's executive director, City Building (Contracts) who received £612,412.

According to the figures, a total of eight council employees in Fife took home more than £100,000 in 2020/21.

Chief Executive Steve Grimmond earned a £161,635 salary as well as £39,989 in pension contributions.

Also on the list was Executive Director Enterprise and Environment, Keith Winter, who earned a salary of £126,803 and a pension of £31,067, making the overall total £157,870.

Receiving the same amount as Mr Winter were Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, Carrie Lindsay, Executive director of Finance and Corporate Services, Eileen Rowland and Michael Eston, Executive Director of Communities,

Heather Stuart, Chief Executive of Fife Cultural Trust, earned a salary of just over £100K, a total of £101,165, as well as pension contributions of £22,762 while one undisclosed employee earned a total of £112,500.

Fife Resource Solutions Chief Operating Officer, Robin Baird, also made it onto the list with his salary of £85,114 and pension contribution of £18,980 making his total £104,094.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis want to know they are getting value for money from their local authority leadership.

“With households having suffered through the pandemic and now struggling under colossal tax bills, the country needs councils to prioritise key services without resorting to punishing tax hikes," he said.

“These figures will allow residents to judge town hall bosses for themselves and hold their local councils to account.”

Commenting on the report, Fife Council's Head of Human Resources, Sharon McKenzie, said: “Salaries for council Chief Executives across Scotland are set by COSLA as part of a national collective agreement with the relevant Trade Unions and representative bodies.

“Separately, Fife Council, which has over 17,000 employees, has four Executive Director posts and 13 Heads of Service posts with salaries exceeding £100,000.”