Former Senior Officer Redundancy Payments Revealed

Neville Gardner receiving a leaving gift from Chairman Amanda Martin last year.

Neville Gardner receiving a leaving gift from Chairman Amanda Martin last year.

Exit packages for two former Senior Officers cost the Council £127,000 last year.

The data was revealed in the Authority’s accounts, which are currently open for inspection by the public.

The former Chief Technical Officer, Neville Gardner, took voluntary redundancy in October after 39 years service with the Council. He received a £40,000 redundancy payment as well as a £58,000 payment to his pension pot.

The former Director of Finance and Resources, Peter Lawrence, also left voluntarily in November, picking up £12,000 in redundancy pay, as well as a £17,000 payment in lieu of his notice period.



5 Responses to Former Senior Officer Redundancy Payments Revealed

  1. Ewart July 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I do not understand the payment of £58,000.
    The Local Government Pension Scheme provides for a pension based on 1/80ths for each year that you are in the scheme .Mr.Gardner had 39 years with the Isles of Scilly Council.
    thus accruing 39/80ths pension based on his final salary, this assumes he was not a Local
    Government employee before joining the Council. If he was an employee of a Council before he Joined the Island’s Council he would have exceeded the 40 years required to gain a maximum pension.
    I may be wrong, but my understanding is you can only buy into the pension scheme up to the maximum of 40/80ths.

  2. Nobby Nobbs July 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I believe in a show of gratitude for this large sum of tax payers money, the recipient has renamed his boat Tamanda as a thank you to the council chair Amanda Martin who signed off the payment.

    All my other comments have been moderated, but as you can guess I’m not impressed.

    • yet another islander July 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Tamanda? Cheeky b####, but you’ve got to admit it’s quite amusing Nobby.

  3. Jenny. July 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

    ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’, comes to mind. These jobs were lost as part of the restructure and redundancy was paid accordingly. Then why have these posts be recreated under another name. The Islands have an Assistant Chief Executive, Head of Finance and Head of Community Services. Same jobs, same responsibility, same wages, just any different name.

    • yet another islander July 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      More money, Jenny.