THE leader of the Lib Dems at Suffolk County Council has called for a panel to be set up after a massive increase in ‘gagging’ payouts to staff.
Cllr Kathy Pollard said she was concerned but not surprised after it emerged that £405,000 had been spent in just four months, paying departing staff so they did not criticise the council.
That figure compared to £520,000 for the whole of last year, while three years ago the council was spending roughly £100,000 a year on the staff compromise agreements. Questions need to be asked as to why it has suddenly shot up.
She said in five years the amount spend on the top management team – people on more than £50,000 a year – had soared from £6 million a year, to £16 million.
My comment: There appears to be a common denominator between excessive top management pay and excessive use of gagging orders, Andrea Hill. However, there is only one person you can really blame and that's Jeremy Pembroke, the leader of the council at the time Suffolk recruited Andrea Hill and the person who protected her until he stepped down just before the sh*t hit the fan.
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