So, a council diretor gets a very hefty pay off:
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Mr Dolan was handed £569,000 last year after taking \”voluntary redundancy\”. He received his normal salary of £157,000, including the notice period. He also collected a redundancy payment of £167,000, even though he had worked for the council for just six years.
Last night, the council said the redundancy payment covered 20 years of work for other local authorities – an arrangement that would be highly unusual in the private sector. The council also agreed to pay an extra £239,000 into Mr Dolan\’s gold-plated pension scheme to cover payments that would have been made had he continued working until 65.The remaining £6,000 of his record payment covered lost benefits.
That\’s cute: getting the 11 years of pension contributions for not working for 11 years. But this isn\’t, he says, unusual:
Last night, Mr Dolan defended his payment. “The calculation that you would undertake for a street cleaner of the same age as me would be identical,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been the same figure but the calculation is the same. There are no added extras, there are no fat cat golden handshakes.”
Well there\’s your problem. The entire sector seems to pay these ridiculous redundancies (calculated not on time working for an employer, but time working in the sector) plus pensions for years not worked.
Get rid of those and we\’ll be able to cut the public secotr wage bill without touching in the slightest front line services.