The highest earner at the health and criminal justice charity Turning Point received a wage of almost £60,000 more than the previous year, the charity’s latest accounts indicate.
Turning Point, which operates as a social enterprise, paid its highest earner between £230,000 and £240,000 in the year ending 31 March 2017, according to the latest accounts, which were released by Companies House towards the end of December.
In comparison, the highest earner the previous year was on an annual salary of between £170,000 and £180,000.
Another three members of staff also earned more in this accounting year than last year’s highest earner, the latest accounts show. Turning Point declined to name any of the highest earners.
The latest accounts show there was an increase in staff costs at the charity of almost £10m last year. Staff costs were £81.6m, compared with £71.1m the year before.
A spokesman for Turning Point said: "The growth in the number of staff reflects the number and size of services we now operate. Last year we supported 11,000 more people than in the previous year.
"As the diversity and complexity of the services we deliver has increased, we have introduced new roles into the organisation, including senior and specialist clinical positions, which have higher salaries."
The accounts show that the charity had an operating surplus of £3.7m once negative goodwill – essentially, a purchase for below market price – was taken into account, with a turnover of £125.8m compared with £111.8m the previous year.
The operating costs were £127.3m, compared with £110.9m the previous year, the accounts show.
Once additional costs were accounted for, the charity had an overall deficit of £1.7m, compared with a surplus of £1.2m the previous year, according to the accounts.