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Top civil servants' wages slashed by £10m

By Andrew Woodcocok

The number of civil servants and quango chiefs on salaries over £150,000 has been cut by more than 50 over the past year, at an annual saving to the taxpayer of around £10m, it was revealed yesterday.

Some 291 mandarins and officials were earning more than £150,000 - compared to David Cameron's salary of £142,500 - down from 345 in 2010.

The biggest earner was Tony Fountain, chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, on £375,000-£380,000. He also received £70,810 in lieu of pension and a £76,650 second home allowance.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: "We have slashed £10m off the salary bill of top earners.

"This in another example of cutting the deficit without cutting frontline services."

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