Mota­bil­ity boss re­signs over bonus

Western Mail - - UK&WORLD NEWS -

THE boss of a tax­payer-sup­ported busi­ness that sup­plies cars to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties has re­signed af­ter it emerged he is in line for a £2.2m bonus.

Mota­bil­ity Op­er­a­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Betts’ an­nual pay pack­age of £1.7m was re­cently de­scribed as “to­tally un­ac­cept­able” by the Work and Pen­sions and Trea­sury com­mit­tees.

But an in­quiry by pub­lic spend­ing watch­dog the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice (NAO) found he is also in line for a bonus which was worth £1.86m in Septem­ber and is likely to reach about £2.2m by 2022.

The NAO ac­cused the Mota­bil­ity scheme of charg­ing cus­tomers £390m “more than was re­quired” since 2008.

Work and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee chair­man Frank Field said: “It is be­yond ap­palling to learn that money that could have been used to im­prove the lives of dis­abled peo­ple will be lin­ing his pock­ets in­stead.”

A Mota­bil­ity Op­er­a­tions spokesman said Mr Betts will re­sign “fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ac­tions agreed as an out­come of the NAO re­view”.

This will be “no later than May 2020”.

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