Apply to leave WLBC, be paid compensation for loss of office!
Announcing the voluntary redundancy of Kim Webber
Chief Executive, WLBC also agreed further changes to the senior management structure and subsequent savings through the voluntary redundancy of John Harrison
Director of Development and Regeneration, and Terry Broderick, the very efficient
Borough Solicitor. It is almost certain that Ms Webber will appear in the Taxpayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List next year.
From 4th November the Council will put in place a Chief Operating Officer model, and a Chief Operating Officer will be sought, supported by a Corporate Director of Place and Community and a Corporate Director of Transformation & Resources to make a saving of £0.314m per annum. Working together, the Chief Operating Officer and the Corporate Directors will deliver the Council’s objectives, together with further income, efficiency and service improvements. A redundancy payment of £112,386 will be made to the Chief Executive, £90,616 to the Director of Development and Regeneration and £64,205 to the Borough Solicitor.
Don’t be fooled by these figures. The trio of leavers will receive “Compensation for loss of office”, and as we disclosed at the time of the voluntary loss of office the then Director of Leisure and Well Being (left Jan 2018) received £84,323 compensation. There’s more! His “Total before pensions” was £150,688, followed by a further Pension Contribution of £ 186,663. The package cost us £337,351. He was mentioned in despatches by the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
You can read the details of how these “Loss of office they applied to leave” gifts are paid out on page 70 0f the “West Lancashire Borough Council Statement of Accounts 2017/18”.