The chief executives of Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils which are being merged will between them get redundancy pay and pension contributions totalling £500,000. This is not as much as suggested by the online version of the front page East Anglian Daily Times story which is headed, “Departing Babergh and Mid Suffolk council chiefs to get £500,000 pay-offs” (note the plural).
To most of us it is a lot of money. But they have held down responsible jobs and this is what their contracts entitle them to. Pat Rockall at Babergh will get £95,700 in redundancy pay plus £173,800 in her pension pot.
Andrew Good at Mid Suffolk will get £84,500 in redundancy money and £159,200 for his pension.
Political leaders of both councils stressed that the two chief execs, who did not apply for the job at the unified council, were being paid only what their contracts required. But Tim Passmore, leader of Mid Suffolk council said he was not happy about the high figures involved.
The size of the pay-offs does not worry me greatly, but I am concerned that too often mergers are much more costly to implement than than initially suggested. And frequently the economies which are promised fail to materialise. As a Mid Suffolk tax payer, I hope I am wrong about this.
The new chief executive Charlie Adan will earn £111,467 a year. This is mid-way between the pay of her two predecessors. So that is one tangible saving of more than £100,000 a year.