A council [Kent County Council] forced to cut services and slash hundreds of jobs has been paying up to £1,250 a day each for six temporary staff.
The temps, who have cost the taxpayer £205,000 in their first three months, were hired by the Tory-run council’s group managing director, Katherine Kerswell, who joined the authority last year on an annual salary of £197,000.
The most highly-paid temp is families and care director Malcolm Newsam, who costs the council £1,250 a day, followed by Alastair Pettigrew, head of specialist children’s services, £825 a day, then Andy Roberts in the education and learning department, £780 a day.
My comment: I think the electorate should remember the rather silly defence to the temp issue by Paul Carter, leader of the council, come election time. He defended the temps’ pay packets, arguing that the council doesn’t have to pay extras such as pension contributions, holiday allowance or sick pay and that a proportion of their fee is paid to the agency that supplied them. I wonder if any Kent councillors have any connection with the temp agency?
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