The strength of the army of public health officials in local councils receiving six-figure salaries has soared too, from 223 to 266 over the same period.
The huge expenditure on pay for public sector staff involved in propaganda blitzes against unhealthy living was laid bare last night in the annual Nanny State Rich List, published by campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
It follows growing concern that the Government is wasting too much time and money in bossing citizens around about their diets and lifestyles.
After slapping a tax on sugary drinks two years ago, ministers are looking at further levies and other measures designed to promote public health.
John O’Connell, the chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “We hear public health lobbyists on an almost daily tirade for more taxes and regulations, without a thought spared for the hardpressed families who will struggle to pay for their hectoring ideas.
“Not only do taxpayers have to put up with this patronising nonsense, they are also forced to pay for the enormous remuneration packages of the top killjoy quangocrats.
“Instead of allowing these nanny staters to call the shots, the Government should stand up for families in this country who should be free to enjoy their lives in peace.”
The Nanny State Rich List details senior salaries in relevant quangos and the total remuneration of relevant posts in local government.
This year’s list showed that Britain’s 10 best-paid public health employees all receive salaries above £200,000.
In contrast, just three public health employees received salaries above that figure in the financial year 2014-15.
The top earner on the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s list was Lesley Mountford, the director of public health at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
She received total remuneration of £369,579 in the financial year 2017-18, although that package included “compensation for loss of office”.
She was closely followed by Paul Cosford, the director for health protection and medical director for Public Health England.
He received a remuneration package worth £309,500 in the financial year 2017-18, including a “Clinical Excellence Award”.
Public Health England had 241 employees receiving in excess of £100,000 last year, an increase of 17 per cent since 2014-15.
And the number of Public Health England employees earning more than Theresa May’s annual salary of £151,000 had increased from seven in 2014-15 to 13 last year.
A Local Government Association spokesman said: “Councils are large, complex organisations with sizeable budgets and responsibility. This includes public health which covers obesity and is considered to be one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.
“Early intervention and prevention work by councils to tackle child obesity, teenage pregnancy, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse, is vital to improve the public’s health, reduce health inequalities and help people live longer and happier lives.
“It is important that the right people with the right skills and experience are retained to deliver this work.”
Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England, said: “We have cut our costs to the taxpayer by one-third since 2013.
“Public health professionals are on the frontline of improving the nation’s health, from fighting diseases such as Ebola and Monkeypox to tackling preventable disease which costs the NHS billions of pounds every year.
“The majority of our staff, including our most senior team, are doctors, nurses, scientists and researchers. Their salaries incorporate merit based NHS National Clinical Excellence Awards.”