Repeat of director's secret £128,000 pay-off 'would have to be voted on by councillors' in future

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A repeat of Kingston Council’s secret £128,000 pay-off to former director of children’s services Duncan Clark would have to be approved by councillors in the future.

The council’s latest pay policy proposes any severance payment to a chief officer, director or the chief executive exceeding £100,000 could be decided by councillors at a public meeting.

The policy reads: “The council cannot currently foresee any circumstances where it would wish to offer any new appointment at a salary in excess of £100,000, or to make a severance payment in excess of £100,000.

“However, in the unlikely event these circumstances were to arise, full council could be given the opportunity, should it wish, to endorse any proposed arrangements.”

Conservative councillor Lynne Finnerty said: “I would hope this would ensure that the circumstances which surrounded the departure of the former director of education never happen again.”

Duncan Clark quit as director of Kingston’s children’s services in 2012, days before Ofsted’s damning child protection report was published.

The Surrey Comet had to use Freedom of Information laws to find out how much Kingston Council paid Mr Clark in severance.

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4:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

pinky107 says...

personally it should be down to us mortals who pay council tax as to how much any councilor gets paid off or even paid for that matter . it is after all our money which we pay for services and is not supposed to be used to pay them handsomely or to increase their pension pots .
personally it should be down to us mortals who pay council tax as to how much any councilor gets paid off or even paid for that matter . it is after all our money which we pay for services and is not supposed to be used to pay them handsomely or to increase their pension pots . pinky107
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8:02am Sun 9 Mar 14

Beverly RA says...

I think pinky107 should have said Officers not Councillors
I think pinky107 should have said Officers not Councillors Beverly RA
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8:41am Sat 15 Mar 14

OhThisBloodyPC says...

Good grief.

What is it about Kingston's Children's services department?

First there was that dreadful man downloading child **** onto his laptop, while at the same sanctioning the systematic robbing of motorists, under the excuse that he wanted to create "A safe environment for our children"

Now there's financial secrets emerging too.

They knew it was wrong or they wouldn't have tried to suppress the information.

I wouldn't be surprised if Derek Osborne got a bonus too.

Is he a member of Common Purpose?
Good grief. What is it about Kingston's Children's services department? First there was that dreadful man downloading child **** onto his laptop, while at the same sanctioning the systematic robbing of motorists, under the excuse that he wanted to create "A safe environment for our children" Now there's financial secrets emerging too. They knew it was wrong or they wouldn't have tried to suppress the information. I wouldn't be surprised if Derek Osborne got a bonus too. Is he a member of Common Purpose? OhThisBloodyPC
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