Council’s money-saving decision ends up costing more

June 04, 2015 4:13 PM

A money-saving decision to share senior management costs between two councils in the South West is now set to cost the council taxpayer over £100,000 as the agreement is terminated prematurely.

South Somerset District Council (SSDC) shared their chief executive with East Devon District Council (EDDC), but now SSDC wants to end the agreement early and pay the maximum compensatory sum of £112,333 to the chief executive. SSDC claim the payment will be funded in part from money set aside to pay his salary, but a local TPA supporter disagrees.

'It will cost far more than £112,000 because there will have to be an uplift in salary paid to the stand in as temporary Chief Executive,' says the local supporter, 'plus any other compensatory sums payable to East Devon who the contract is with to hire him. All SSDC have to do to avoid any cost is give him a year’s notice and let him work it out, then it would be at no cost to the taxpayer. If it were their money, it would be a different story I am sure. Yet again, a six figure sum down the toilet.'

I couldn’t have put it better myself. The point of councils sharing senior management costs is to save the taxpayer money—not cost more!

Tim Newark, South West TaxPayers’ Alliance

Latest Blogs:

Taxing holidays doesn't fly

12:01 AM 14, Aug 2017 Duncan Simpson

How to end the housing crisis

10:48 AM 11, Aug 2017 Rory Meakin

Could the end be in sight for stamp duty?

2:23 PM 09, Aug 2017 Jan Zeber

Stamp Duty Land Tax - What is it?

12:29 PM 09, Aug 2017 Rory Meakin

Action on Sugar leave a bad taste in the mouth

11:15 AM 08, Aug 2017 Ben Ramanauskas

It's not more money that the NHS needs...

10:00 AM 04, Aug 2017 Ben Ramanauskas