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Editor's Viewpoint: The going rates?

The revelation that three senior officials in Belfast City Council are on salaries of more than £100,000 will raise a few eyebrows among ratepayers - and possibly discontent.

That is not to cast doubt on the ability of the officials involved, but rather on the value that should be placed on jobs in local government.

Northern Ireland's 26 district councils have relatively limited powers compared to their counterparts in England, which deal with planning, social services and education along with the traditional local government tasks of running parks, cemeteries and refuse collection. If there are other local government officials throughout the province getting near six figure sums, the sooner the number of councils is reduced - as planned - the better.

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