£11k legal fees for big payout
Peterborough’s metro mayor received legal advice worth more than £11,000 before agreeing a £94,500 payout to the mayoral authority’s former chief executive.
Martin Whiteley resigned from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CA) in August, where he was on a salary of £182,000 a year.
The payout was solely agreed by Mayor James Palmer, CA leader, after he sought independent legal advice.
Last week, Mr Palmer said the public did not care about the severance payment and that he did not know how much the advice had cost.
Now, after being asked by the Peterborough Telegraph, the CA has revealed the cost was £11,202 plus VAT, which was paid for by the public body. The legal advice came from Trowers & Hamlins, an international law firm.
The PT has also discovered that in the first six months of the current financial year the split of staffing costs at the CA was 40 per cent on admin and management and 60 per cent on programme delivery.
The CA said it will reveal the full spend on both later this month. Mayor Palmer has previously stated that the CA is “committed to being a lean authority”.
A CA spokeswoman said: “We need the capacity to deliver a programme of work that will make a positive impact in our region. This means having a staffing structure with the skills and expertise to deliver large scale complex projects across our diverse portfolio.”
Mayor Palmer and Martin Whiteley