I freely admit I looked into this to try and find ammunition for the save libraries campaign. But the facts are the facts and I thought I should at least post it anyway to be fair. I am really, really glad I don't live in Kent. I would be very unhappy about the expenses levels there, clearly OCC does well and is just below the average on allowances for councillors. I haven't looked into how these things are set but obviously there quite large differences across the county.
Looking briefly at the top and the bottom totals, what explains this in part is the basic allowances for the councillors:
Basic for Kent £12999.96
Basic for OCC is £8295
And at the top:
Leader of Kent £57,300.00
Leader of OCC £31,784.47
There are other payments included in the headline figure but I don't have the time to look at the differences between them, the special allowances for example. There could also be slight skewing if certain councils have more scrutiny committees but looking at the average and basic for the top and bottom I think it is pretty reasonable to conclude that Kent are getting well above the average of the seven I looked at.
Well done OCC <chokes>