Welwyn Hatfield Council pays £380,000 in exit packages following redundancies

PUBLISHED: 11:21 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:06 19 September 2017

Welwyn Hatfield Council's top earners revealed.

Welwyn Hatfield Council's top earners revealed.


Redundancy pay and salaries of Welwyn Hatfield Council’s highest earners have been revealed in a statement of accounts.

Financial data for 2016/17, reveals that the chief executive at the time, Michel Saminaden, received a salary of £126,000, plus pension contributions of £21,000.

The director of governance Bob Baldock, who was made redundant and left the council on December 31, 2016, received £71,000 for the months he worked in 2016/17.

He also received £76,000 as compensation for loss of office and pension contributions of £12,000.

The director of finance and operations, Pam Kettle, was also made redundant and left the council on September 30 2016.

She received £47,000 for the months she worked in 2016/17, plus £76,000 for loss of office and £8,000 in pensions contributions.

Both Mr Baldock and Ms Kettle’s annualised salaries were £94,422,

Three new directors were appointed following the departures of Mr Baldock and Ms Kettle, all on salaries of £86,601.

The executive director of public protection, planning and governance, Nick Long, was appointed on October 3 2016 and earned £44,000 that year, plus a pension contribution of £7,000.

The executive director of housing and communities, Simone Chinman Russell joined the council on November 1 2016 and earned £36,000 and £6,000 as a pension contribution.

Ka Ng, executive director of resources, environment and cultural services, joined on November 8 2016.

She earned £34,000 and a £6,000 pension contribution.

A council spokesman said: “The council’s chief executive and senior officer pay reflects the considerable responsibilities they each have in managing large teams and budgets and overseeing the delivery of important local services.

“Salaries are reviewed each year in-line with national agreements and published as part of the council’s pay policy statement.

“Pay rises have been capped at one per cent across all levels since 2010 and a recent restructure and reintegration of the housing trust has made significant management cost savings.”

The 2017/18 statement of accounts will be published at the end of the financial year.

In 2016/17, the council made a number of employees redundant, incurring liabilities of £380,000 for the exit packages.

The amount paid to the pension fund under statutory provision amounted to £106,000.

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