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£100k salaries for new bosses at the Town Hall

Council faces criticism over its recruitment record and reliance on agency staff

28 August, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Julie Foy and Jon Cumming

ISLINGTON’S Labour-controlled council has hired three new senior managers on salaries of more than £100,000.

Julie Foy, Paul Clarke and Jon Cumming have been hired as full-time Town Hall directors of HR, finance and digital services on a pay bracket of between £103,647 to £117,222.

The Liberal Democrats have accused the council of a lack of transparency over the hiring process and of relying too heavily on agency staff.

Kate Pothalingam, an Islington Lib Dems spokeswoman, said: “These appointments raise important questions which need to be answered. Why are many senior positions, including a Director of Housing Needs and Strategy, left unfilled for so long? When will they be filled? What will it cost the Islington taxpayer until the roles are filled by permanent staff?

Paul Clarke

“It is time for the council to give us the exact facts and figures – residents are entitled to greater transparency on how their council tax is being spent.”

The Tribune previously reported how spending on agency staff went up by £3million in the past year, from £20m between June 2018 and May 2019 to £23m over the same period the following year.

The council’s finance chief, Satnam Gill, previously told the Tribune that spending on agency workers had been high because there were senior roles vacant. Once these roles were filled he said he was confident that the use of agency workers would decrease.

On the new appointments, he added: “I’m excited to begin working with the newest members of our senior management team, and benefit from their extensive experience as we work to ensure our residents have the services and support they need.”

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