County Hall cof­fers hit by £11m in re­dun­dancy and exit pack­ages

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Paul Fran­cis

Kent County Coun­cil has spent more than £11 mil­lion in four years on staff re­dun­dan­cies and exit pack­ages, new fig­ures show.

The au­thor­ity has had to shed hun­dreds of jobs in re­cent years to save money in the face of the gov­ern­ment’s aus­ter­ity drive and dwin­dling grants.

But the cost-cut­ting has come at a price, with a mix­ture of com­pul­sory and vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies leav­ing the au­thor­ity with a bill of £11.6m over the last four years.

Draft ac­counts from the body show that for 2016-17, £2.3m was spent on pay­ments made to 275 for­mer em­ploy­ees – 100 more than in 2015-16.

Of these, 28 were on salaries be­tween £20,000 and £150,000, while 247 earned be­low £20,000.

The clo­sure of a sec­ondary school in Folke­stone, Pent Val­ley, in­volved 204 com­pul­sory job losses.

Over the last four years, 1,083 jobs have been cut. At the same time, the coun­cil’s three most se­nior di­rec­tors have seen their over­all earn­ings break the £200,000 mark, once pen­sion pay­ments and other un­spec­i­fied al­lowances are in­cor­po­rated.

David Coburn, cor­po­rate di­rec­tor for busi­ness strat­egy and sup­port, earned £243,265 – a £42,219 pen­sion con­tri­bu­tion and salary of £193,385.

An­drew Ire­land, cor­po­rate di­rec­tor for so­cial care, earned £229,151 (salary £189,381), while cor­po­rate di­rec­tor for ed­u­ca­tion, Pa­trick Lee­son, earned £205,575 (£160,804 salary) .

The county coun­cil no longer has a chief ex­ec­u­tive.

KCC di­rec­tor of adult so­cial care An­drew Ire­land

KCC ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Pa­trick Lee­son

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