Big pay-offs to fat cats shame our town halls

Daily Star - - News - Paul.robins@dai­lystar.co.uk by PAUL ROBINS

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

CRIT­I­CAL: Sin­clair

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