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Over 170 civil servants earn more than £150,000

CIVIL servants’ pay has been revealed for the first time under a new government transparency drive.

The Cabinet Office revealed more than 170 civil servants are paid more than £150,000 a year.

David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, is paid £255,000, including £45,000 in kind for a rented flat. Sir Jock Stirrup, chief of the defence staff, earns £240,000 and head of the civil service Sir Gus O’Donnell takes home £235,000. The transparency agenda, kickstarted by Gordon Brown in the wake of the expenses scandal, revealed senior civil servants now earn a total of more than £29m a year.

Now David Cameron says he is going to roll out the scheme further by naming every official earning more than £58,000.

Other public sector staff – some of whom earn far more than the civil servants named yesterday – will also be incorporated into the scheme.

George Osborne said no central government staffer should be paid more than Cameron’s Prime Ministerial salary of £142,55 without special permission.