New Labour Police Tsar racks up nearly £500,000 in staff payoffs in less than six months

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New Labour Police Tsar racks up nearly £500,000 in staff payoffs in less than six months

It is less than six months since Merseyside’s Labour Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, took up office. In that time she has agreed to total redundancy and severance payoffs in her Office of at least £360,000, and the total could rise to as much as £565,000.

That’s according to a report submitted to a recent meeting of the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel,

Birkdale Lib Dem councillor Simon Shaw is one of ten councillors from across Merseyside appointed to the Police Panel, whose job it is to srutinise the work of the Police Commissioner, who was elected in November 2012.

Page 14 of the report to the 30 April Panel meeting states: “Redundancy and pension payments currently stand at £361,049, and may increase further if compulsory redundancy cannot be avoided. Maximum additional exposure if all existing staff exercised redundancy £203,247, however only a few additional applications are anticipated.”

Councillor Shaw has voiced his concern at the enormous sums of public money approved by the Police Commissioner, who was a Liverpool Labour MP until 2010.

“These are really quite staggering sums of in redundancy and severance payments. The final sum paid out is likely to be between £400,000 to £500,000,” commented Cllr Shaw.

“Jane Kennedy claims that the restructure of her personal Office is to save money, but it is going to take at least a year to recoup the cost of these massive payouts.”

“At the same time as she is handing out redundancy and pension enhancements to staff she wants to get rid of, she is advertising 4 new posts, including that of Press Secretary. Between them they will cost over £180,000 a year to employ.”

Jane Kennedy was elected in November 2012 on a turnout of just 12.5%, one of the lowest in the country. She is paid £85,000 per year.

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