FIFTEEN top officers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council claimed a share of £115,000 in expenses for moving house to take up their jobs, but none of them actually moved to the city.
Chief Executive John van de Laarschot was among the staff to pocket relocation expenses, topping up his £191,000 income with an allowance of several thousand pounds after switching from Devon's Torridge District Council in 2009.
Annual accounts show Mr van de Laarschot took home £191,032 in salary and allowances, as well as £6,903 in expenses and benefits in kind last year. Contributions to his pension pot totalled £28,640, bringing his total income for 2010/11 to £226,575.
Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath residents' association, said: "It beggars belief. It is ridiculous that they can make rules for the city but won't live here; are we not good enough?
My comment: Can't beat a comment left by by stevenweiss on the original article. "Do stoke city council actually have 15 people who can be honestly described as 'top officers..??” All I would add is does any council have 15 people who can be honestly described as 'top officers'.
Ironically about 6 officers from Stoke on Trent City Council bailed out and got a job with my council, Cheshire West and Chester Council. No doubt they also got moving expenses and an increase in salary.
What one could best describe as a taxpayer funded council officer musical chairs. The difference being that everyone in the game moves to a bigger and better chair until they reach the throne at the end and then retire with an obscene payout.
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