Big pay-offs to fat cats shame our town halls
FAT-CAT council chiefs are pocketing six-figure payoffs and going straight into other top public sector jobs.
A shocking 135 officials got “golden goodbyes” of between £100,000 and £420,000 in the past year.
Many moved into lucrative taxpayerfunded jobs elsewhere, including wellpaid posts in Whitehall.
The biggest pay-off went to former Kent County Council chief Katherine Kerswell, who left with £420,000 on top of her £140,000 salary after just 20 months in the job.
She then became the Cabinet Office’s director of civil service reform on £142,000 a year.
Lynda McMullen, former corporate director of Kent Council, pocketed £172,000, then took a job at the National Audit Office.
And Brian Reynolds, former director of environment at north London’s Barnet Council, was given a £280,000 pay-off.
Almost 30 staff at Birmingham City Council were given between £100,000 and £150,000 to leave their jobs.
Newcastle City Council gave similar payoffs to 12 staff.
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Dishing out such huge amounts of cash shows a lack of respect for the public purse.”
Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, added: “Hardpressed taxpayers will be aggrieved that they are footing the bill for huge payouts only to see the recipients walk into another taxpayer-funded role.”
A local government spokesman said senior managers had been slashed under spending cuts. The Star Says: Page 6