Swin­ney steps in to halt rise

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News -

AN “out­ra­geous” 17% pay in­crease for a Scot­tish col­lege of­fi­cial will no longer go ahead af­ter an in­ter­ven­tion from ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary John Swin­ney.

MSPs crit­i­cised the Scot­tish Fund­ing Coun­cil (SFC) last week for fail­ing 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 from £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.

But in a let­ter to the com­mit­tee, Mr Swin­ney has now con­firmed the rise will not go ahead.

John Swin­ney.

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