Former Eastbourne BC director James Foster, who retired with an agreed package, is suing the council after it withd...
Former Eastbourne BC director James Foster, who retired with an agreed package, is suing the council after it withdrew its offer of an enhanced pension.
Eastbourne BC refused to honour an agreement to give Mr Foster an enhanced pension after the district auditor said it was unlawful.
Under the agreement Mr Foster remained with the council on full pay for more than a year, despite not working full time, retained the use of his car and got the maximum pension entitlement.
Daniel Stilitz, for the council, told the High Court in London: 'Those benefits were so advantageous to Mr Foster, and so disadvantageous to the local tax-payers, as to be irrationally generous.'
Michael Curtis, on behalf of Mr Foster, said the council had breached 'natural justice' by failing to put Mr Foster's side of the story to the cabinet committee before it decided to withdraw the payments, and said it had not taken into account his personal circumstances. Mr Justice Moses reserved his decision.