Council leader retires to get pension fund boost then starts new job

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieDirector Richard Powell only worked at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for two-and-a-half years.

He was one of three high paid new directors charged with getting the council into shape after it was shamed by the Audit Commission.

Mr Powell joined in September 2006 as director of services to the community with responsibility for housing, health, benefits, culture, leisure and revenues. But then retired early in April 2009 for what the council this week dubbed “personal reasons”. The position was then abolished.

But one month later Mr Powell started work at the Government’s Improvement and Development Agency as a principal consultant for healthy communities. So much for retiring.

Accounts presented to the council’s internal audit committee on Wednesday stated the £114,176 payment was made to “compensate for allowing the officer to retire before the normal retirement age”. If he’s received money for retiring then starts work again, isn’t that fraud?

In 2008/09 Mr Powell was paid a basic salary of £87,131 and received benefits totalling £5,727. His overall package including the pension contribution was £207,034.

Mr Powell’s fellow directors were William Benson, now chief executive and who in 2009/10 was on a salary package of £131,180, and Rob Cottrill, head of planning whose overall package in 2008/09 was £101,673. He left in September 2009 to become Eastbourne Borough Council’s new chief executive.

More news from the lunatic asylum called Britain!

IlieRising demand for primary school places has been put down to a surge in the birthrate combined with an influx of migrants in some areas or in some cases both together. The disclosure is made in an internal report by Partnerships for Schools, the Government’s school buildings quango.
An estimated additional 350,000 primary places will be needed over the next four years.

Official figures reveal that 6,100 civil servants worked more than 170,000 days for the union at the taxpayers’ expense in across thirteen Government departments and agencies last year.

Each worked on average 27 days for his or her union, paid for from public money. Based on a typical cost of £135 a day for every civil servant on union duty, the total bill for the taxpayer is around £23million a year.

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