Yesterday the East Riding of Yorkshire Council debated the issue of the early retirement of one of the Council’s Senior Officers. This was centred on whether the full Council should in effect support the decision of the Council’s Cabinet in approving the taking of more than £360,000 of taxpayers money from service budgets to put into that Senior Officer’s pension fund, to enable the Officer to take early retirement under the 85 year rule*.
Just over a year ago I supported the awarding of backdated pay rises to the Council Senior Council Officers, (including the retiring Officer), as I felt the move was a way to "retain and attract staff". Alas this has not happened with this particular Officer, which I find very disappointing.
I could not support the Cabinet decision and therefore abstained from the vote, a record of which will be included in the Council minutes.
I fully support the decision taken by the Council to set up a review of the Council's pension scheme and look forward to receiving the findings in due course.
*The 85 year rule allows members to take unreduced benefits before their normal retirement date when their Age + Membership = 85.
Please note: comments are welcome on this posting - but will not be allowed if the Officer is named)