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Investigation into council chief's pay

PUBLISHED: 10:27 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:09 05 July 2010

An investigation is under way into the appointment of Suffolk's new chief executive, as it emerged yester-day that the job was paying better than most county councils even before the salary rose by £70,000.

An investigation is under way into the appointment of Suffolk's new chief executive, as it emerged yester-day that the job was paying better than most county councils even before the salary rose by £70,000.

Andrea Hill, who is due to start her job at Suffolk County Council on Monday, was formally appointed earlier this month on a £220,000 salary - a big hike on the £150,000 pay of her predecessor. Now the district auditor is carrying out an investigation after being asked to do so by the council's opposition Labour group.

One of the documents given to the auditor is a list of council chief executives' pay across the country, which was used by the council during the recruitment process. It shows that the pay scale the council originally planned, of £154,000 to £176,000, was already 13th highest out of 273 county and district councils in the country.

The new salary will make her one of the best paid council bosses in England and is a 40pc increase on the final salary of outgoing chief executive Mike More.

The group has prepared a detailed submission which it says sets out a series of serious breaches of rules and procedures by the county council in the run-up to the awarding of the salary, and a failure by the council to achieve the best value for money.

Council leader Jeremy Pembroke said he was confident the investigation would not find fault with the council. He said: “We have got nothing to hide.”

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