Councillors Agree In Principle Settlement Package For Chief Executive

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate

Councillors have agreed the principle of a settlement package for suspended Council chief executive Philip Hygate that, if accepted, would mean he will not return to work.

Following last week’s Full Council meeting, we understand members voted to back a recommendation to pay him one year’s salary.

There will be additional pension payments as part of the package.

The ‘golden-goodbye’ deal follows negotiation between the Council’s advisors and Mr Hygate’s representatives.

On Tuesday, thirteen councillors voted to back the terms and the amount offered as part of the settlement package and four members abstained.

After the chief executive’s team and the Council’s lawyers failed to agree the appointment of an independent investigator, the matter was referred to the office of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles. The Ministry has so far simply confirmed receipt of correspondence.

There has been some speculation for a number of days that a deal was being prepared that would result in Mr Hygate leaving the Authority.

Council Vice Chairman Amanda Martin told us yesterday that she couldn’t comment on confidential employment issues.

Mr Hygate has strenuously denied the allegations that led to his suspension.


7 Responses to Councillors Agree In Principle Settlement Package For Chief Executive

  1. Islander December 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I think most of the community is aware Naomi Badcock is NOT nobby nobbs…..

  2. Linda Badcock December 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Nobby Nobbs is not Naomi Badcock

  3. Fred Colon December 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Oooo Nobby, you are a one.

  4. Nobby Nobbs December 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I would like to take this opportunity to formally apply for the newly vacated position. 🙂

  5. Elin Hullis December 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Whilst I agree the settlement package seems excessive and unfair, from an HR perspective this is usually the cheaper option than going through a disciplinary process or, if it was to go further along the line e.g. a dismissal situation and the individual were to appeal at tribunal (whether rightly or wrongly), the legal representation to defend the IOS council decision would cost way more than what is being offered. Sometimes just easier to pay then off rather than spend the next few years arguing a point which may not be as clear cut as what is out there in the open.

  6. Todd Stevens December 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    ITV West Country News just said its been agreed.

  7. Greg December 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

    One years salary plus pension, that’s over £100,000! Don’t you think he’s milked enough from the council during his time at the top? It should be the other way round for all of the pain he has caused to the islands.