Council's Investigation and Disciplinary Committee to rack up costs of £720,000 this year


Further to my article regarding the cost of external investigations being carried into the conduct of suspended officers an Independent councillor has been in touch to state that the financial cost to tax payers is far higher than has been suggested in the Council's response to my Freedom of Information Request.

Councillor Toni Fox, who represents the Dean Row Ward, said "Following a question raised by an Independent councillor at the Full Council meeting held in December Cheshire East Council members have subsequently been advised of the current costs associated with the work of the Investigation and Disciplinary Committee (IDC)."

An email distributed to members by Cllr Paul Bates, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communications, read "The IDC is being supported by external investigators and temporary staffing arrangements which, up to November 2017, had cost £110,000.

"In addition, as suspensions have occurred, it has been important to minimise the potential for these neutral acts to impact on service delivery and to ensure that the organisation also continues to meet its statutory responsibilities. As we have said before, suspension is a neutral act and we have a legal responsibility to continue to pay officers suspended while investigations are completed. Up to November 2017, the costs of acting up arrangements had therefore cost £346,000.

"The total cost to the end of November is therefore £456,000.

"The estimated costs to the end of 2017/18, which reflect the resignation of the Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer, are anticipated to be in the region of £720,000."

Cheshire East Council


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Alan R Davies
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7:22 pm
That's enough to pay for the council to continue to run Alderley Edge library for the next 10 years.
David Hadfield
Friday 19th January 2018 at 9:25 am
These so-called Councillors are useless and straight out of the Muppet Show.
How dare these idiots use an anticipated £720,000 of our money on inquiries and investigations .......
This is more in keeping with the Westminster Expenses scandal from a few years ago.
Thank goodness one Councillor (Toni Fox) has the moral courage to blow the whistle and tell us it's more like a massive £720,000 and not the "mere" £160,00 suggested by these imbeciles.
Leaders ? ... Lions ? .... more like Donkeys destined for the Dustbin !
Duncan Herald
Friday 19th January 2018 at 11:01 am
Do the figures from CEC quoted here, match with the figures gived by C.E.C., in response to an FOI request, as quoted in the post above? If not, why not?
Adrian Scott
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 3:49 pm
Emergency services are desperate for increased funding and here we are again, so called "Representatives of the Electorate" throwing our money about without a care in the world.
Well done Toni for blowing the whistle and keeping us informed. We keep saying it : "put this lot in special measures" as they don't seem capable of managing anything. What a bunch of wasters !!!
John Clegg
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 9:15 pm
Kensington and Chelsea similarly spend council taxpayers money with such abandon.
£200,000 spent in legal costs in an action between 2 wealthy neighbours over the horrors of piano practice.