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More than £400k in compensation paid out by Herefordshire Council to seven senior officers
SEVEN senior officers cost cash-strapped Herefordshire Council well over £400k in compensation payments when their jobs went.
The total taken by the seven - including former chief executive Chris Bull - tops nearly £668k with salary and pension contributions included.
One of the seven left an assistant director’s job with £55,136 in compensation only to start as a head teacher little more than a month later.
Settlements to the seven, who all went between 2011-12, are confirmed in the council’s latest statement of accounts.
The accounts show that 80 redundancies cost the council more than £1m over 2012-13.
Former chief executive Chris Bull took £150,629 in compensation when he left office in October last year after months of behind the scenes wrangling over the future for his role, shared with the then Herefordshire Primary Care Trust.
The Trust put 45 per cent toward Mr Bull’s salary which was worth £183,724 over 2011-12 and £107,173 when he left. His combined salary, compensation, and £23,364 in pension contributions take the total final remuneration figure to £281,166.
Others to go were:
• Head of Asset Management - left in May 2011 with £57,135 compensation and a total remuneration of £65,833.
• Head of Communications - left in April 2011 with £34,281 in compensation and a total remuneration of £40,110.
• Head of Policy & Performance - left in April 2011 with £34,281 in compensation and a total remuneration of £39,139.
• Assistant Director, Safeguarding & Vulnerable Children - left in July 2011 with £30,381 in compensation and a total remuneration of £57,121.
• Assistant Director, Inclusion & Improvement - left in July 2011 with £55,136 compensation and a total remuneration of £86,672 to be a head teacher from September 2011.
• Assistant Director, Customer Services and Communications - left in 2012-13 on a £45,635 salary with £42,116 in compensation and a total remuneration of £97,699.
Eighty redundancies over 2012-13 cost the council close on £1.2m with £801,630 paid out for compulsory redundancies and £310,291 on “agreed departures”. The biggest sum was set between £150k-£200k and the majority made up to £20k.
In addition, the total cost of actuarial strain relating to 2012-13 terminations was £346k paid to the council’s pension fund - administered by Worcestershire County Council - over three years. The actual amount of actuarial strain paid in 2012-13 was £587k relating to retirements in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
The council has set aside a redundancy provision of £797k to cover 2013-14.
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