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No new chief for Newham, says Pickles

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Newham LBC does not need a new chief executive because it already has a well-paid mayor, local government secretary Eric Pickles has claimed.

The minister said mayor Sir Robin Wales’ “inflation-busting pay rise” should rule out a replacement for Joe Duckworth who, LGC revealed on Thursday, will not be continuing in his £240,000-a-year role when he returns from a family holiday later this month.

“Given that Newham already has a mayor who’s enjoyed an inflation-busting pay rise it would appear that there is no need for this post anymore,” Mr Pickles said.

“The age of golden goodbyes and huge pay offs in the public sector must end. Such a casual attitude to spending public money both looks and feels wrong and sends the wrong message to hard working members of the public,” he added.

Sir Robin, left, received a 4% pay rise last month, at a time when local government employees face a pay freeze. The increase took his salary to £81,029 a year - a 34% increase since he was first elected as mayor in 2002.

Mr Duckworth, who has been chief executive of the east London authority for less than 2 years, was the highest paid council chief executive when he took the Newham job in 2008. A compromise agreement covering his departure - including any pay off - is currently being negotiated.

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  • Eric Pickles really is woefully ignorant about the difficulties of running a large modern local authority.

    Richard Kemp

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