Col­lege chief’s 17% pay rise axed

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Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney has stepped in to stop a 17 per cent pay in­crease for a col­lege of­fi­cial.

MSPs cr it icised the Scot­tish Fund­ing Coun­cil last week for fai l ing to pre­vent the rise agreed by Glas­gow Col­leges’ Re­gional Board.

The move would have seen the salary of the board’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Robin Ash­ton in­crease f rom £ 81,000 to £95,000.

Holy­rood’s pub­lic au­dit com­mit­tee heard that SFC in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr John Kemp had de­cided not to use his power to step in over the de­ci­sion, de­spite think­ing it was “very hard to jus­tify”.

But in a let­ter to the com­mit­tee, John Swin­ney has con­firmed the rise will not go ahead, de­scrib­ing it as “u n a c c e p t a b l e ”, par­tic­u­larly in the cur­rent cli­mate of chal leng­ing pub­lic sec­tor fi­nances.

The Deputy First Min­is­ter and Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary wrote: “I ex­pect all pub­licly funded in­sti­tu­tions to en­sure they op­er­ate with max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness.

“I am pleased to be able to in­form you that my of­fi­cials have sub­se­quently been in close dis­cus­sion with the in­terim chair of GCRB and the SFC.

“We have to­day been ad­vised by the in­terim chair that he has re­con­sid­ered the de­ci­sion made by the board.

“He has con­firmed that there will be no change to the ex­ist­ing terms and con­di­tions of the cur­rent post holder.”

LET­TER John Swin­ney

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