Golden Goodbyes? The Ones We All Pay For!

Never trust a Tory manifesto? Or any other manifesto?

In 2015, the Tax Payers Alliance proposed a £95,000 cap on golden goodbyes, which entered the Conservative manifesto and became law in 2016. But it wasn’t until five years later, in November last year, that ministers forced reluctant civil servants to finally implement the cap. Now, just three months on, Whitehall mandarins and union bosses have managed to get it overturned.

With a quiet release the Treasury snuck out a u-turn on the cap on public sector payments. 

West Lancashire Borough Council has made numerus redundancy payments, including, recently, one of £112,386 to the Chief Executive, £90,616 to the Director of Development and Regeneration and £64,205 to the Borough Solicitor. “Redundancy costs have been calculated in accordance with the Council’s Redundancy Policy, which complies with the Local Government (Early Termination of Employment) (Discretionary Compensation) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006. Pension strain cost will also be paid to the Pension Fund of £422,000. The pension strain cost has been calculated in accordance with the Local Government Superannuation Scheme Regulations. Council Policy is that when making posts redundant there should be a payback period of less than three years. The changes to management structure agreed by Council provide a payback period of 2.2 years.

And prior to that lot the cost of the one voluntary redundancy was the highest for WLBC since Gill Rowe left with £386,116. The Annual Accounts include “Director of Leisure and Well Being Dave Tilleray (left by voluntary redundancy Jan 2018) Salary £66,239, Expenses £126, Compensation for loss of office £84,323, Totals before pension £150,688, Pension contribution £186,663, Total £337,351″.

Shameful. But that’s the council that has form for generosity with council tax. Yours and mine! Here are some more,

All with our, your, money. And we had our own, David Tilleray, Taxpayers Alliance Town Hall Top Ten, as mentioned above.

Why should we be paying these fortunes for those already paid the rate for the job?

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