Retiring council boss was given £225,000 farewell

11:45 12 May 2013

Former North Norfolk District Council chief executive Philip Burton.

Former North Norfolk District Council chief executive Philip Burton.

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A Norfolk chief executive was given a £225,000 golden handshake when he took early retirement, new figures have revealed.

Philip Burton took early retirement from North Norfolk District Council at the age of 57 last year after more than eight years as the authority’s chief executive.

But figures compiled by the Taxpayers’ Alliance have revealed for the first time what Mr Burton received when he left the authority.

It shows that Mr Burton, who was on a salary of £94,572, was given £225,294 as compensation for loss of office. He also received £6,728 as a cash alternative to having a company car and just over £13,000 in employer pension contributions.

North Norfolk District Council said it had undertaken a radical restructure of its senior staff a year ago, over the winter of 2011/12, reducing the corporate leadership team from five to three, with Mr Burton one of the departures.

A spokesman for North Norfolk District Council said: “A significant restructure of senior management at North Norfolk District Council was undertaken in early 2012, reducing the number of senior managers from 18 to 10.

“As part of the restructure programme, the council’s former chief executive took early retirement. The cost of the severance payment was recouped with savings of more than £230,000 made within 12 months.”

Mr Burton “came home” when he joined the council, returning to the corner of Norfolk where he went to school.

The former Paston Grammar School student began his career in local government in 1977 when he worked as a housing officer in the London borough of Brent. He moved to North Norfolk District Council in September 2003.

Former Norfolk County Council chief executive David White was included in the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s 20 top-earning council workers in 2011/12. Mr White, who took voluntary redundancy last month, was paid a salary of £205,300 and a total remuneration of £256,900.

Anne Gibson, acting managing director, said: “Norfolk County Council no longer has a chief executive role. As has been widely reported, the county council recently decided to change its top post and, as a consequence, the post of chief executive was made redundant.

“We are currently recruiting for a new managing director at a reduced salary (proposed £165,000 to £180,000).”

Mr White, who recommended he be made redundant because he did not have the expertise to fill a managing director role, received a redundancy payment of £35,439.


  • That is truly disgusting and the people who agreed to this should be sacked!

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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • This is outrageous!!! The overpaid get even more money when they leave. Lets be honest about this, none of the top civil servants would stand a chance of getting a similarly paid job in the private sector - they just are not good enough. Grossly excessive payouts happen all the way down the food chain that used to be called public service. And to think the politicians castigate bankers when most of the UK problem has been caused by overspending national and local government which has landed us all with debts.

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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • The only way to stop this nonsense with taxpayers money, is for non payment of council tax, and the immediate sacking of all concerned.

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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • What do you expect from Councils these days, just like the Governement, sod the rest, look after yourselves

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • .No taxpayer funded position should be payed more than the prime minister by law. They will reel out the old story that if we want the best people then we have to pay these astronomical salaries but in reality these people would never in a million years be able to earn that much in the private sector and would certainly not get the perks. Its OUR money these people work for US and its about time they were reminded of this.

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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Ah, now I understand why NCC told us there's no money to pay for a footpath from our houses along a busy road to the local shops - they've spent it all on executive salaries and golden handshakes!

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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • All Councils are good at wasting Taxpayers money. If someone chooses to leave their position then they should automatically wave goodbye to any payments they would normally get at retirement age. The same goes for anyone that is sacked. It seems those at the top can cause mayhem in their decisions whilst in power, all at the cost of normal people going without essential services. They might advertise these top jobs with, if you can destroy public services, if you can manage to make money disappear, if you have the ability to make decisions which will face legal challenges then you can join the A Council Team !

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    che bramley

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • you dont need to be good at maths to realise that this guys salary and redundancy package is unaffordable and never was. affordable. A bit like another labour goverment . . Money to pay for packages like this are increasing the national debt. Its about time local and national goverment worked out what is affordable and what isnt .

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