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NO SIGN OF SUSPENDED BROADLAND CHIEF AFTER REPORTS OF£270K PAY-OUT

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Broadland DC is nearing a settlement with chief executive John Bryant, who was suspended 10 weeks ago. ...
Broadland DC is nearing a settlement with chief executive John Bryant, who was suspended 10 weeks ago.

Senior members of the Conservative-controlled Norfolk council are refusing to confirm Mr Bryant's status following reports that the council was ready to offer him a package totalling£270,000. This figure is understood to include his pension contributions.

As LGC went to press Mr Bryant remained away from work, despite the maximum two month suspension period for a chief executive ending last week.

Under their conditions of service no chief executive is supposed to be suspended for any longer than two months unless an independent investigation has found good reason to extend the suspension.

Tory deputy group leader Tony Adams confirmed no such investigation has even been launched. Mr Adams said: 'He is not still suspended but he is definitely not at work at the moment. Whether he will come back or not we don't know. We are in the final stages of negotiations on a retirement package.'

Mr Bryant, who could not be reached for comment, was suspended in February after the Labour Party resumed judicial review proceedings over the treatment of its group leader, Barbara Lashley. Mr Bryant restricted Ms Lashley's access to council buildings because of her alleged manner towards staff.

He lifted the restrictions after the party sought a judicial review of the decision, but the council's standards committee later found her behaviour had fallen short of the required standard.

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