As mentioned in an earlier posting Thanet council recently replied, to an enquiry from local film maker Christine Tongue, that figures quoted suggesting a big fat pay off for the current Chief Executive, in local blogs had been wildly inaccurate.
Assuming this was true, you would think, Thanet District councils PR department could simply give the facts, so why don't they?
Well life is not simple and as I understand from conversations I've had, its clear that, pensions costs will be "sorted", which as I understand will allow pensions to be paid early. Leading to additional cost, as I understand around in a hundred grand in one case. This of course all remains conjecture because of a veil of secrecy.
Of course for most being made redundant, from struggling employers or otherwise, the likely outcome is that you get the absolute minimum, however in this case, this is the public sector, this is your money, which is administered by politicians.
So in whose interest is it, not to be open, well those employed by the council and of course politicians, for agreeing in this case, Thanet's Conservative administration lead by Cllr Bob Bayford. Still Thanet is not alone in giving away other peoples money away, here is an example from the Taxpayers alliance website of which there are many.
I have every sympathy for those in frontline jobs, but lets be honest, senior local government officers ,not just in these parts but across the country taking redundancy or early retirement, will have done well over the years and of course in many cases will continue those little jobs on the boards of various quangos, health authorities etc.
This year it's the top bods, going from the council, but I'd imagine next year, it will be the workers going and you can bet things will not be so amicable for the lower ranks.
Tomorrow if I get the chance I'll be looking at a big hole being dug by Cllr Clive Hart and his mates which might just bury local Labour if someone doesn't take away their shovels.