Top earners from councils across the country have today been revealed.

The largest salary packages from Waltham Forest Council employees have been revealed - with more making more than £100,000 than in previous years.

Waltham Forest Council Chief Executive Martin Esom took home £198,920 in the 2017/18 financial year.

The council's Deputy Chief Executive Linzi Roberts-Egan earned £160,719, with a pension payment of £23,626 in the 2017/18 financial year.

This year's figures showed fifteen staff were paid more than £100,000, compared to last year's nine.

The strategic director of finance and government received £138,038 and £4,993 pension, while its strategic director of neighbourhoods and communications and strategic director of corporate development were both paid £127,512 and a pension of £18,744.

Waltham Forest's director of regeneration and growth earned £111,191 and a pension of £16,345 and the director of governance and law earned £111,009 and a pension of £16,318.

Its director of property and asset management was paid £106,090 and the director of public health was paid £97,604 with a pension of £14,386.

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 twenty 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 raise serious questions about efficiency and priorities."

In 2017-18 there were at least 2,454 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000 which is 148 more than in 2016/17, and is the highest number since 2013/14.

There was a total of 608 council employees who earned more than £150,000 - with a total of 28 local authority employees receiving remuneration in excess of a quarter of a million pounds in 2017/18.

The local authority with the greatest number of employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 was Essex council with 55 employees in total earning more than this amount.

Essex Council also had the highest number of employees earning over £150,000 at 13.

In London, the local authority with the most employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2017/18 was jointly Hackney and Lambeth councils who each paid 28 employees over £100,000.

London's biggest remuneration package was received by Wandsworth’s Chief Executive at £294,805.

A Waltham Forest council spokesperson said: "The pay of senior officers at Waltham Forest Council is entirely in line with the salaries offered at comparable local authorities. The pay of senior staff is also readily available on the council’s website to ensure transparency."