Thursday, May 14, 2009

SKDC keeps up their wall of silence...

Just received South Kesteven District Council's reply to my Freedom of Information request about the costs of the sudden mysterious departure of their Chief Exec who quit and cleared his desk on the same day...

I asked if reports in the Grantham Journal were true that Duncan Kerr had walked (or cycled) away with a year's salary for doing nothing. At £2,000 a week, that adds up to well over £100,000 - from a council that says it can't afford to allow local pensioners to use their bus passes before 9.30am.

The legal language in SKDC's reply can be summed up in a sentence:

How we spend your money is nothing to do with you.
So much for Freedom of Information!

2 comments:

James Barlow said...

Are you appealing to the Information Commissioner?

http://www.ico.gov.uk/

fairdealphil said...

Thanks James.

I'm considering that and other next steps.

all suggestion welcome.

we're a relatively small district and £105,000 is a relatively large sum - it would certainly have gone a long way towards fairness for pensioners on the buses!