Hounslow Council chiefs have saved tax payers more than £4million a year by slashing the number of middle managers on their books, new figures reveal.
The number of staff at Hounslow Council earning more than £50,000 fell from 173 in 2006/7 to 98 in the last financial year, according to statistics from campaign group The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA).
They took home a total of £6,650,000 during 2007/8, which works out at £30.15 per resident - down from £48.93 the previous year.
However, the TPA said the figure, which is nearly twice the national average, remains too high, especially in the current economic crisis.
"In the private sector thousands of people are losing their jobs, yet councils are better staffed and better paid than ever," said the group's chief executive Matthew Elliott. "Councils are ignoring economic reality and simply recruiting more managers and handing out more pay rises than taxpayers can afford.
"Council tax bills are cripplingly high, and town halls must change their ways to bring the bill down."
Hounslow's Tory-led administration cut 300 Civic Centre jobs last year as part of its Performance Improvement Programme, which it claims has saved tax payers £53 million.
However, opposition leaders insist the move has severely affected the quality of services despite no front-line roles being scrapped.
There are still more than seven times as many council staff earning £50,000 or above as there were in 1996/7, when the total bill was £805,000
Hounslow Council leader Peter Thompson said: "Councils nationally are responsible for ensuring more than £100 billion of taxpayers' money is spent wisely, and providing the services local people want and need.
"However, in order to attract the best and brightest people you have to pay a suitable wage, and when you compare salaries in the private and public sectors, taxpayers actually get very good value for money.
"At Hounslow, we are implementing an Improvement Programme which will radically change the way in which the authority functions.
"As a result, we will be more efficient in the way that we work, ensure that we reduce costs for the taxpayer, and provide the best possible services to the local community."