Top council earners to be revealed, as MPs hide their expenses

As proposals for full disclosure of senior local council staffs’ pay and perks were yesterday announced by local government minister John Healey, the row over MPs’ expenses rumbles on. Mr Healey said the new rules would require councils to set out details for around 2,500 posts, covering salary, bonuses, pensions, perks and compensation pay-offs, that would bring councils up to the ‘same high standards that are already required of civil servants and government ministers’. Meanwhile, a common’s mole has been trying to sell the expenses records of all MPs for £300,000, while MPs have been given the chance to edit receipts submitted with their expenses, before they are made public.