I mention this because both Conservative councillors including leader Cllr Bob Bayford and council officers, need to be reminded just who pays the bills, as they seek to keep us in the dark about how and on what, they often fritter our money away.
I've had indications that officers at Thanet Council, have had, significant enhancements in redundancy payments or arrangements, Matt B of Thanet Star is suggesting that the Chief Executive has been awarded £230,000.
Now I've heard bluster, that this is a fiction, Christine Tongue a local film maker has been asking questions, and sent this
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Dear TDC representatives
I have read on this blog site - link below- about the amounts Richard Samuel is receiving to leave TDC. Is someone able to confirm whether this blog article is correct or not, please? Are the payments and salaries in the public realm anywhere?
Cheryl Pendry Replied
I can confirm that the figures quoted in the Thanet Star article are wildly inaccurate. The facts in the article were not checked with the council prior to publication.
The council does not publish individual information about staff members. The exception to this is that the council is required to publish salaries of its senior management team and these can be found here: http://www.thanet.gov.uk/advice__benefits/council_departments/corporate_management_team/corporate_management_team_pay.aspx?StyleType=LargeFont&StyleClass=FontSize
Press and Media Manager
Thanet District Council
SO WHY NOT JUST GIVE US THE FACTS?
A key point Cheryl mentions "the exception" "senior management team" surely that's Richard Samuel Chief Exec.
WHY NOT TRUST THANET'S CONSERVATIVE ADMINISTRATION?
Well at Kent county level, auditors, revealed that Conservative KCC had forgotten or simply not mentioned payments in excess of £200,000 pounds to keep former Chief Exec Peter Gilroy on for an extra year, of course no one would suggest that Tories were engaged in a cynical game of covering up another negligent waste of money.
No one begrudges, sensible payments to staff, particularly those at the lower levels, but stuffing up pension pay offs etc for top knobs is not on.
Until TDC comes clean with the facts, they can only expect more "widely inaccurate" reports in local blogs or what some of think might be closer to the truth than we are being told.
I look forward to Cheryl Pendry of TDC PR, promptly sending out a clear and concise fact sheet detailing arrangements for senior officers.