Folkestone & Hythe District Council senior management handsomely rewarded for failure
The top three tiers of management at Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) have been handsomely rewarded for their failure to manage and oversee the Swale Heating contract, the M & R contract and the P & R contract which has led to investigations by the Health & Safety Executive, the Regulator of Social Housing, HQM, GRC and F&HDC into themselves. And who could forget the records they have broken, such as temporary staff costs, having the highest council tax for sixteen years, soon to be seventeen and more.
It is known at the last Personnel Committe on the 13th June 2019 (Item 8) the new pay and grading structure for Head of Paid Service, Corporate Directors and Assistant Directors set out in the report, it be agreed to reward the Head of Paid Service, Dr Susan Priest, a £30,000 plus salary increase. Her two trusted lieutenants, John Bunnett Director of Development & Tim Madden,Director of Transition and Transformation will receive about £7,000 pay rise.
The senior management of F&HDC are –
Head of Paid Service
This pay rise is to take effect from the next payroll at the end of June 2019.
Andrina Smith – Chief HR Officer
Sarah Robson – Strategy Performance & Communications
Amandeep Khroud Governance, Law & Regulatory Services
Charlotte Spendley Finance, Customer & Support Services
Andy Blaszkowicz – Environment & Corporate Assets
Andy Jarrett Chief Strategic Development Officer
Katherine Harvey – Chief Economic Development Officer
Llewellyn Lloyd – Chief Planning Officer
(the top three lines of boxes in the chart below)
It is known they will receive this annual increase “to ensure that the Council is positioned to remain competitive in attracting and retaining talented officers now and in future years”, who appear unable to manage contracts very well.
It was known in Dec 2016 that there were significant issues with the 5/10 yearly electrical inspection programme which was severely delayed by 85% across Canterbury City Council and Shepway District Council housing stock (now F&HDC) and 63% at Dover District Council. And now electrical issues have raised there head again less than 30 months later.
In 2016/17 the Swale Heating contract for Gas Heating & Servicing was not renewed due to “performance related issues“.
Then came M & R who we reported on not once, but twice as there were significant allegations of overcharging in 2018.
And now the P & R overcharging issue and the Landlord Gas Safety Requirements (Gas Safety Certificates). Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s contract with P & R is slightly different to the other three authorities of Canterbury, Dover & Thanet Councils.
Now if we just take a £30,000 pound rise for the Head of Paid Service – Dr Susan Priest (pictured) who in 18/19 earned £111,994 and will receive approx £141,994 plus, which is a 26% increase. However we supect she’ll get closer to £150,000 meaning a rise of 33 or 34%. Meanwhile staff on much lower grades will need to be satisfied with just a simple 2% increase. It is quite remarkable how failure is being rewarded. And those elected Cllrs responsible for voting unanimously to reward their failure was:
Cllr Ann Berry – (Con)
Cllr Danny Brook – (Con)
Cllr Nicola Keen – (Lab)
Cllr David Monk – (Con)
Cllr Terence Mullard – (UKIP)
Cllr Rebecca Shoob – (Green)
If the officers receiving this additional remuneration are so confident that their performance warrants it then they should be prepared to publish their performance appraisal documents on the Council’s website. This would enable council taxpayers to assess whether or not they are worth their current remuneration packages.