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A former policy director at Tameside MBC has been given a£15,000-a-year pension and a golden handshake worth£45,0...
A former policy director at Tameside MBC has been given a £15,000-a-year pension and a golden handshake worth £45,000 after being sacked by a company which ran 12 old peoples' homes in the borough, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Employment Secretary Michael Portillo ordered the pay out to Paul Stonier despite a 10-month legal battle. Mr Stonier was sacked as the boss of Tameside Enterprises for alleged financial mismanagement after it piled up debts of more than £2 million.

The board of TEL - now renamed the Tameside Care Group - had tried to block Mr Stonier's pension and lump sum after sacking him for gross misconduct, says the paper and had appealed to the Secretary of State. But Mr Portillo has upheld the former Labour party candidate's entitlement to the pension as a member of the Greater Manchester Superannuation Fund for the last 20 years.

Mr Stonier took charge of TEL after being promoted as director of policy from Labour-controlled Tameside MBC. A separate civil action against Mr Stonier for gross misconduct is to continue and his deputy at TEL Labour councillor Simon Walker also faces civil action by the company.
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