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Council offers reassurance over CEO costs


The Council of the Isles of Scilly has given reassurance that costs associated with the departure of Chief Executive Theo Leijser will "not impact on the budget of jobs".

A statement from the Senior Finance Officer and 151 Officer, which was approved by Acting CEO Craig Dryden, is included in an update for February 12th's Council meeting by Lead Member for Finance Fran Grottick.

The statement reads: "Over the last three or four months, Senior Managers and Members have been working on the Council’s budget and Medium Term Financial Plan for the next three years.

"The £800,000 of savings that have had to be found over the last couple of years has put the Council in a much better position and has managed to reduce the Council’s level of spending down much closer to the level of resources it has available.

"The next three years will still be challenging and some savings are still required to balance the budget. However, the savings that are currently being proposed do not require any further redundancies to be made.

"Any costs associated with the recent decision around the Chief Executive will not impact on the budget of jobs as they will be funded from reserves."

Theo left the Authority on January 31st after five years.

Total costs incurred by his departure are not currently in the public domain, although a recent statement by seven Councillors indicated that the sum involved was "£250,000 plus". Cllr Robert Francis said that the amount quoted was "incorrect".

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