Dexter attacks Slough for making “unacceptable” secret ‘compromise agreements’
Colnbrook ward councillor Dexter Smith has attacked Slough Borough Council for making secret “compromise agreements”, according to this week’s Slough Observer.
Slough Borough Council has admitted it does use “compromise agreements” to ‘tidy up’ staff departures and guard against future claims but refused to answer a Freedom of Information request.
According to user ‘PaulCa’ on the Slough Observer website, “the council has declared a total of 1,772 compromise agreements since 2006; at £250 per agreement, this comes to a total of £443,000”.
Conservative councillor Dexter Smith branded it ‘unacceptable’ and said the public have a right to know where their money is spent.
“We know of senior officers leaving the council with big pay-offs and we need to know if additional money is given to these people to buy their silence. We are being told the council can’t tell us how many people are subject to this and I find it unacceptable.
At a time when compromise agreements were building up, it is unacceptable for us to be told this is the point we stop keeping records. There is too much public money being wasted and the public deserve to know what is going on.”
This is Cllr Smith’s third attack on Slough this year.
Just last month he raised a motion demanding that SBC fulfil the “interests of Slough taxpayers” and sell the former Arbour Vale school site – earmarked for Slough Town Football Club – to the Khalsa Secondary Academy.
And in February Cllr Smith moved a motion calling for stricter controls for any councillor found in breach of planning, licensing or trading standards regulations, to fill a ‘void in standards’. The resulting debate ended in a heated altercation in the council chamber with Conservative councillor Wayne Strutton asking deputy leader Cllr James Swindlehurst to ‘come outside’ at the end of the meeting.
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