£13,050 redundancy payout for council boss

By Emily Pearce

Monday, February 25, 2013


£13,050 redundancy payout for council boss

Steve Beynon.

PLANS to abolish the post of chief executive would save the Isle of Wight Council £210,000 a year.

The post, held by Steve Beynon, is due to be made redundant from March as part of the authority’s cost-cutting plans.

Mr Beynon will receive the statutory minimum redundancy payment of £13,050, based on his age and length of service, and will not receive any enhancements to his pension, a council spokesman said this week.

Mr Beynon had announced retirement plans before the decision was made to abolish the chief executive post.

The spokesman said: "The chief executive will be treated the same as other staff members whose posts have been made redundant. He will be paid for his statutory notice period, which can only begin upon the decision to delete the post being ratified by full council.

"No other council officer is being paid an enhanced salary to undertake the role on an interim basis."

As previously reported, finance director Dave Burbage is due to take on the head of paid service role until May, when a permanent successor will be appointed.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by mark johnson

26th February 2013, at 18:15:25

This is no more than an illegal golden handshake. Benyon announced his retirement from the post and that cleared the way for the post to be deleted following his departure. So why the £13K - the salary, by the way, of a clerk in the Benefits Department. Perhaps this pay off should be investigated by the fraud squad?

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

26th February 2013, at 18:14:44

£210,000 for a booking agent for the Riverside Centre...I'll have that job

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by Jake Gully

26th February 2013, at 09:00:20

Beynon had announced the retirement long before the post was abolished, so should not get any redundancy payment whatsoever. Then there is the abysmal record of failings under his Leadership.


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by Mr Elliott

26th February 2013, at 08:15:41

Does seem like they are throwing away 13k if he was retiring anyway. Maybe he knows something and the money is to keep him quiet.

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by Patrick Mckay

25th February 2013, at 21:19:33

I wonder if mr Pugh etal would have agreed to the "redundancy" payment if the money came from their pockets rather than the rate payers!.If he was going to retire soon ,why not let him finish when he said he was going to, and put the cash towards the extra money for children's services.
After all,for £210,000 per year,what positive legacy is there to show!
ps, any jobs going in Hampshire

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by Valerie Ching

25th February 2013, at 18:12:42

I remain baffled by this. If, as the CP report says, the man was retiring, the fact that the role is redundant, is irrelevant so why does he get anything apart from his pension he was due when he retired. Just as baffling as the chap - Is this perhaps the same gent who went over to work a few half days for a mainland authority, so he could clearly be spared on the island and was then told by the same mainland authority they didn't want him any more. You really couldn't make this up could you. The fact remains that its exasperating to pay under pain of enforcement by distress or prison the Council taxes required to pay for these shenanigans. Utterly beyond barking in my opinion. But then, what do I know?

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by steve paul taylor

25th February 2013, at 17:11:29

Awful people money is there god, democracy is out of control and now stinks everywhere.

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by Chris Firth

25th February 2013, at 16:27:35

2 major schools failing OFSTED?, the bloke is not fir for purpose

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by Chris Firth

25th February 2013, at 16:26:08

good, the bloke needs to go , he is useless

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by kevin froment

25th February 2013, at 14:44:53

i cant get over the idea that this council thinks they can do this and no-one will notice, do they take us for a group of retards or something, the pay off stinks of corruption and the people that have implimented it need hauling before the courts to answer for it.

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