York council wasting thousands on temporary director

July 20, 2012 5:50 PM

Failure to plan ahead for the Deputy Chief Executive’s retirement has left York taxpayers footing the bill for their council’s incompetence to the tune of thousands of pounds.

Bill Woolley, the former Deputy Chief Executive, retired on 9th June, something the Council had known about for several months. But instead of finding a replacement and organising a hand-over period, taxpayers are footing the bill for an expensive temporary replacement.

Neil Taylor, interim Director of City and Environment Services, is receiving a generous salary of £3,000 per week via a recruitment agency. Mr Taylor, who will hold the position until a permanent replacement is found, is pocketing over £1,000 more per week pro rata than the highest advertised salary for the post (£102,000).

Only earlier this year, the Council chose to reject the Government’s offer to freeze council tax, instead burdening local taxpayers with a 2.9 per cent increase. But this shows that they can’t be trusted to spend taxpayers’ money wisely as it is.

Unfortunately for taxpayers, they will be lumbered with the bill for their council’s incompetence. Let’s hope the Council learns from this mistake and in the future tries to deliver better value for taxpayers’ money.Failure to plan ahead for the Deputy Chief Executive’s retirement has left York taxpayers footing the bill for their council’s incompetence to the tune of thousands of pounds.

Bill Woolley, the former Deputy Chief Executive, retired on 9th June, something the Council had known about for several months. But instead of finding a replacement and organising a hand-over period, taxpayers are footing the bill for an expensive temporary replacement.

Neil Taylor, interim Director of City and Environment Services, is receiving a generous salary of £3,000 per week via a recruitment agency. Mr Taylor, who will hold the position until a permanent replacement is found, is pocketing over £1,000 more per week pro rata than the highest advertised salary for the post (£102,000).

Only earlier this year, the Council chose to reject the Government’s offer to freeze council tax, instead burdening local taxpayers with a 2.9 per cent increase. But this shows that they can’t be trusted to spend taxpayers’ money wisely as it is.

Unfortunately for taxpayers, they will be lumbered with the bill for their council’s incompetence. Let’s hope the Council learns from this mistake and in the future tries to deliver better value for taxpayers’ money.

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