'Redundancy packages for two executives at the centre of council mergers will cost taxpayers almost £1million.
Nine local authorities in Dorset will combine to form just two in April. Senior staff losing their jobs are being handed payouts which vastly exceed a cap on the public sector’s so-called ‘golden parachutes’.
Jane Portman, the managing director of Bournemouth Borough Council, is to receive a pay and pension redundancy package of £473,000, it was announced yesterday. Debbie Ward, chief executive of Dorset County Council, has been awarded the same amount after leaving her post in November.
In May 2015, Chancellor George Osborne promised to halt the culture of ‘golden parachutes’ by capping redundancy payments in the public sector at £95,000, following a Daily Mail campaign exposing fat-cat payoffs. Senior managers would also have to hand back a portion of their payoff if they took another top job in the public sector during the following 12 months. However, while the pay cap has been passed into law, the legislation necessary to put it into practice is yet to go through Parliament.
Sir Christopher Chope, the Tory MP for Chichester who has campaigned for swifter action, said: ‘This is being aided and abetted by councillors who don’t have the best interests of council taxpayers at heart.
'The council reorganisation in Dorset was supposed to save money and improve efficiency. This just bears out my worst fears.’'
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