Chief Executive Payoffs

Matthew Ball made this Freedom of Information request to Hillingdon Borough Council

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Dear Hillingdon Borough Council,

Please can you advise the following?

1. What was the 'payoff' renumeration package for the last exiting cheif exec D Leatham?

2. Is there any terms of the current Chief Exec that prescribe an exit payment? If so what is this clause and the amount?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Ball

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

The Council should note that the information requested is not exempt information e.g. on the grounds that it is personal information because this sort of information will have to be made public under the Account & Audit Regulations 2009. The regulations say that Councils will have to disclose for senior executives "compensation for loss of employment"

Also the Audit Commission in its report “Severance payments to council chief executives“ (March 2010) says it wants all severance payment deals to be more transparent with details published shortly after they are agreed"

For more information and links to the Audit Commission report and the Account & Audit Regulations go to

http://www.hillingdon-watch.org.uk/html/...

I hope this is of help

Peter Silverman
www.hillingdon-watch.org.uk

Paul left an annotation ()

Interesting

foi, Hillingdon Borough Council

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Dear Mr Ball

Please see attached for our response to your request.

Legal Services (3E 04)
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre
High Street
Uxbridge
UB8 1UW
01895 55(6923)

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Dear Hillingdon Borough Council,

Please can you advise the following?

1. What was the 'payoff' renumeration package for the last exiting
chief exec D Leatham?

2. Is there any terms of the current Chief Exec that prescribe an
exit payment? If so what is this clause and the amount?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Ball

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Matthew Ball left an annotation ()

Quite ironic, Hillingdon managed to respond on April Fools day. I trust the information is genuine and Mr Dunachie is not 'paid off' for presiding over such a disgrace.

Time will tell

D. Speers left an annotation ()

Peter kindly wrote:"The Council should note that the information requested is not exempt information e.g. on the grounds that it is personal information because this sort of information will have to be made public under the Account & Audit Regulations 2009. The regulations say that Councils will have to disclose for senior executives "compensation for loss of employment"

Does the same apply to NHS CEOs Severance pay? I have asked a FOI question from an NHS Trust and FOI are quoting Data Protection Act exemption.

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

Mr Speers, re Data Protection excuse you could ring Campaign For Freedom Of Info 020 7831 7477 for advice.

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

Matthew, their answer does not mention any enhancements to Mr Leatham's pension scheme benefits eg through apply extra years of service, amending pensionable salary.
Maybe you should ask for clarification

Peter www.hillingdon-watch.org.uk

Dear Hillingdon Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Hillingdon Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Chief Executive Payoffs'.

You have stated that there is no clause within the Chief executives contract which indicates any form of exit payment when he may leave the council. However can you please clarify your response to detail whether there has been any form of enhancement to the Chief Executives salary/pension or any other form of payment to offer a financial benefit if Mr Dunachie should leave the service of the council?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ch...

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Ball

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

You need to ask in relation to Mr Leatham whether his pension benefits were enhanced as part of his leaving package and if so by how much. It is unlikely that these arrangements would be built into to a contract of employment. They would be negotiated at termination to persuade the person to go quietly. Therefore best to enquire re D Leatham and not not H Dunnachie

D. Speers left an annotation ()

Report by the Audit Commission published 16 March 2010, asks for more transparency on pay-off deals.
Worth a look: http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/natio...

foi, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Mr Ball

I am writing in response to your email below. I note that you have
titled your email as a request for internal review, however I am of the
view that your email is not a request for internal review, rather it is
a supplemental question based on our response to your request.

As I understand it you are now seeking to know:

Whether there has been any form of enhancement to the Chief Executives
salary/pension or any other form of payment to offer a financial benefit
if Mr Dunachie should leave the service of the council?
There has not been any form of enhancement to the Chief Executives
salary/pension or any other form of payment to offer a financial benefit
if Mr Dunnachie should leave the service of the council.

I trust this provides you with the information you are seeking.

If you are not satisfied with our response you should put your
complaint in writing, within 2 months, to:

Principal Corporate Lawyer, Legal Services, Civic Centre, High St,
Uxbridge, UB8 1UW (or via email to [Hillingdon Borough Council request email] marked for the
attention of the Principal Corporate Lawyer).

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you
have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

If you wish to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to contact us
on the details below.

Richard Ingle
Data Protection &
Freedom of Information Officer

Legal Services (3E 04)
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre
High Street
Uxbridge
UB8 1UW
01895 55(6923)

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Dear Hillingdon Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of
Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Hillingdon Borough
Council's handling of my FOI request 'Chief Executive Payoffs'.

You have stated that there is no clause within the Chief
executives
contract which indicates any form of exit payment when he may
leave
the council. However can you please clarify your response to
detail
whether there has been any form of enhancement to the Chief
Executives salary/pension or any other form of payment to offer a
financial benefit if Mr Dunachie should leave the service of the
council?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ch...

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Ball

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