Retirement Of Former Chief Executive Cost £204,000

philip hygate P&R meeting 2The early retirement of the former Isles of Scilly Council Chief Executive has cost ratepayers £204,000.

Philip Hygate received £88,000 in salary, £91,000 towards pension payments and he was awarded £14,000 to cover his removal costs.

The Council also forked out £10,000 to assist with his retraining.

The Council’s annual financial statement, which has just been released, says that Mr Hygate’s early retirement was arranged on the grounds of efficiency.

Last year, councillors were warned that the authority could be liable for significant costs in paying staff for untaken holiday time.

The Council’s policy has a limit of five days that can be carried over by staff each year.

Philip Hygate had allegedly accrued untaken leave days stretching back to the Cita disaster in 1997.

But Councillors didn’t agree to pay Mr Hygate and his deputy Neville Gardner for so many rolled over days. That’s reduced the liability from 847 days in 2012, to the current level of 640 days of untaken leave.

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