Norfolk’s highest council earners revealed

David White's departure cost the council £400,800. David White's departure cost the council £400,800.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
6:20 PM

Twenty-seven council officials in Norfolk earned at least £100,000 last year, newly released figures have revealed.

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Figures from the Taxpayers’ Alliance showed the number of council staff who received remuneration of at least £100,000 
fell by one on the previous year’s figure. The largest remuneration was for former Norfolk County Council chief executive David White, whose departure from the authority cost 
£400,800. He had a salary of £205,300, but received £106,100 in compensation for loss of office.

That included redundancy of £35,400, payment for contractual notice of £63,600 and untaken annual leave of £7,100. On top of that, his exit led to further costs of £57,600 in actuarial strain and national insurance costs, along with a £31,800 employer pension contribution.

A dozen other officers at County Hall received remuneration of at least £100,000, including former head of children services Lisa Christensen and former director of transportation Mike Jackson. Every chief executive took home at least £100,000.

The redundancy of former deputy chief executive Bridget Buttinger from Norwich City Council cost City Hall £115,819 in compensation for loss of office.

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13 comments

  • David White had a history of accumulating pay offs before coming to NCC, what does that say about the judgement of those who appointed him? As for Anne Gibson being kept on as deputy, that cannot be justified, neither can her returning to her previous post as head of HR when the department has run perfectly well without her for well over a year.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • All of thes overpaid officers turn a bling eye to freemasonry in public services and thats what they are being paid for, nowt to do with performance.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Jonny is right to point out that directors of similar sized private companies earn more than Mr White did. David White's pay off is what concerns me. The economy is being held back by low pay, in both private and public sectors. Those at the top are doing well whilst millions earn less than the living wage.

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    Capri

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • We volunteer to buy private goods and services. The dosh to pay this bunch of bandits is forcibly removed from our wallets and purses under pain of a jail sentence if we object. Completely different thing.

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    alecto

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • These amounts are peanuts compared to the 7 figure salaries paid by the private sector for organisations of a similar size. The public pay for these salaries too as we purchase the "products" they produce. However both examples are truly shocking when most employers still refuse to pay the Living Wage, including Norfolk County Council. We need a link between the highest paid earner in an organisation and the lowest to keep wages fair and proportionate.

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    Jonny

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I therefore believe that Nemesis (and a few others on here) not only posses the skills to be able to do these council jobs but they would also be willing to do so for £6.31 per hour?

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    NigelS

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Pay peanuts you get monkeys. Pay a lot and you get expensive monkeys...

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    Andy T

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Leaving aside posts in schools, it would seem that on average each year eleven employees of Norfolk County Council receive remuneration packages worth in excess of £100k.

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    Nemesis

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I believe that Alecto and Nemesis (as well as the others) are offering their skills (which of course they must have) to undertake the jobs mentioned, at a salary they find acceptable (presumably national minimum wage). Each month they will send me a report so, as a tax payer, I will exercise my divine right to judge their performance and sack them at my whim without recourse?

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    NigelS

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I notice that bankers can now be pursued for up to seven years after trousering money unfairly. Can we extend this to the troughers of Councils like all those mentioned by Nemesis? And don't think for a moment that Norfolk's "senior" officers are the only greedy ones. The whole country needs a clean out so our hard earned cash that we have to hand over to keep these individuals in the Roman banquet style of living that they quite erroneously feel they deserve is removed permanently from them and they come back to indigent 21st century Britain. The money can then be given to worthy individuals who we actually need to run the County.

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    alecto

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I don't think that this article follows the most helpful approach. It would have been better to have looked at Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts for 20132014, and concentrated on what is happening in County Hall in respect of those officers who are still in post. Two acting or interim officers, Anne Gibson the managing director and Sheila Lock the head of childrens' services, each had remuneration packages worth around £183k. The permanent head of adult social services, Harold Bodmer, had a package worth £162k. How can such sums be justified, given the cuts that are being made. And there is worse. The new managing director has been promised a package worth more that £200k, and the EDP has hinted that Anne Gibson may be kept on as her deputy. How on earth can that be justified?

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    Nemesis

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Two of these officers signatures were on the defunct incinerator contract. So got paid up for leaving a mess, If it were bankers bonus they would not get their bonuses, or perhaps they might still?

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    Rob Whittle

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • How do all these public sector "workers" get such exorbitant payoffs at our expense? Either they are capable of doing their jobs and therefore should still be employed, or if they are incapable they should be sacked. Why should they receive the equivalent of a lottery win, the likes of which us mugs who pay for this can only dream of?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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