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Saturday02 August 2014

Six-figure redundancy payouts for Cabe staff

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Former director of resources tops list with £224,000 golden handshake

Senior Cabe staff were paid six-figure redundancy payouts when the quango was shut down, it has emerged.

The organisation’s director of resources, Charlotte Cane, received £224,000 when she left her post.

Matt Bell, the director of campaigns and education, was handed a £111,000 payout.

Cabe closed down with 76 people receiving redundancy payouts costing £2.7million.

The sums were published by the Daily Telegraph which said the so-called bonfire of the quangos, ordered by the coalition when it took power, had cost the taxpayer almost £1 billion so far in “golden handshakes”.

Some 20,000 civil servants have lost their jobs in the austerity drive, but the Office for Budget Responsibility is predicting more than 600,000 could ultimately go, landing the taxpayer with a £20 billion bill.

The figures revealed that the average redundancy payout given to former quango workers was £40,000 – four times that of the private sector.

But dozens of staff were paid six-figures sums. As well as Bell and Cane at Cabe, the dossier produced by the Telegraph showed that Gill Taylor, director for skills and knowledge at the Homes and Communities Agency, was paid £199,000.

 

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  • How much did Paul Finch get? Will the amount fit on one line?

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  • Revolting

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  • Quite simply obscene!

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  • The massive disparity between the rewards for architects in practice and functionaries in government associated quangos is breathtaking. Who authorised these payments and if set out in their contracts of employment who agreed such massive multiples of the basic redundancy provisions that would be the best most architects in private practice could hope for?

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  • Further proof that the public sector does not live by the same rules as the rest of us. Why are any of these people being given more than the statutory minimum?

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  • Presume BD will press for full release of all payments under FOI or are they tied by compromise agreements?

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  • "Presume BD will press for full release of all payments under FOI or are they tied by compromise agreements?"

    No, they're tied by something much more compromising: personal friendships that go back a long way.

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  • I didn't receive anything when I was made redundant from private practice in 09', apart from a metaphorical slap in the face.

    Why should the public sector, funded by the rest of us, get anything more than the statutory minimum, never mind such obscene amounts as these?

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  • They must have had individual employment contracts ?

    Anthony Doody MCIAT
    Chartered Architectural Technologist

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  • The final payment is linked to the salary, the more you earn the more you receive, and architects pay for the pleasure. Are they going to abolish the retention fee now ?

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