Council in £268k payoff

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BABERGH District Council paid redundancy costs of £95,700 to former chief executive Pat Rockall, plus £173,800 towards her pension pot, according to a statement of accounts which goes before councillors at a full meeting on Tuesday

Mrs Rockall left the authority earlier this year following the decision to appoint a joint chief executive for Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils to save money.

In a bid to cut costs, the councils decided to pool services and staff, although a public poll to merge the two councils went against the move.

The current chief executive, Charlie Adan, receives a salary of £119,614 with a pension contribution of £19,350.

The council report reveals Mrs Rockall was awarded a performance payment in 2009/2010 but decided to forgo it. The deputy chief executive accepted 50 percent of his award.