Friday, 24 June 2011

MP slams public sector senior officer 'jackpot' payments

Redcar MP Ian Swales was speaking after it was revealed the former chief executive of Cleveland Police Authority received £361,950 after leaving the job a year ago. It has also emerged that Caroline Llewellyn, Cleveland Chief Constable’s solicitor, received £213,379 redundancy after spending 36 years with the force.

Liberal Democrat Mr Swales said: “While workers in the public sector deserve a fair deal, taxpayers will be rightly horrified by the size of these jackpot payments.”

Steve Matthews, Cleveland Police Federation chairman, said the size of such payments would shock the public. “When police officers are being forced out of the door these sort of payments are appalling,” he said. He pointed out that the total of £575,329 for the two payoffs was equivalent to the annual pay for 19 experienced police officers earning £30,000 a year.

“I am gobsmacked at these figures and the people of Cleveland will be as well. It is like winning the Lottery.”

My comment: Why spend a few pounds a week buying lottery tickets when you can get a job as a senior officer in the public sector and guarantee a lottery type payout when you leave. I wonder what front line staff think when they see their bosses walking away with a lottery win payout that they can only dream of.

Read the full story from the source The Northern Echo

More recent news about Cleveland Police 

CLEVELAND Police chief Sean Price is under investigation – accused of using his influence to help get someone a job. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an inquiry focusing on the chief constable.

IPCC investigators say the matter came to light during a review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HPIC) “into the manner in which some individuals within the CPA may have conducted some of its business”.

The chairman of the CPA, Councillor Dave McLuckie, stood down from the position earlier this month after he revealed that he had received a letter saying he was part of the criminal investigation that is being led by Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Keith Bristow.

A statement by the IPCC said: “The independent investigation will focus on the allegation that Mr Price used undue influence to have an individual appointed to a position within the police force.”

Read the full story from the source Hartlepool Mail 

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