IF YOU have come looking for a “Fat Cat” article then you may have found the wrong place.
On too many occasions, YT feels that too many of these articles are informed by the green eyed monster than the eagle eyed journalist.
However, it hadn’t escaped our notice that among the invoices Thurrock Council published on their website site is one for Pragmatic Change Solutions Ltd.
The companies sole director is infact the Interim Director of Change at Thurrock Council, Richard Waterhouse.
From April to December, payments totalling just under £145k have been made to PCS Ltd. Come March 31st, the total runs just shy of £200,000.
There are a number of ways at looking at this. Many question: how can the Prime Minister be on £165k when a consultant at Thurrock Council is on £200k? Indeed, how can the chief exec of Thurrock Council be on £175k, when a consultant is on £200k.
However, a number of politicians have jumped to Mr Waterhouse’s defence.
Ockendon councillor Barry Johnson said: “I have seen Richard work at close quarters and he is very impressive. We were charged by the Audit Commission with improving a number of systemic and cultural aspects of life at Thurrock Council. Within a a very short space of time, Richard has achieved that and he has done that, saving the taxpayer a vast amount of money”.
Others are not so sure.
One source who did not wish to be named said: “One of the promises regarding the cuts in Thurrock was that it would root out that layer of management rather than front line services.
“It is clear that the front line is in danger while they senior managers have super-protected their own positions”.
YT spoke to the council leader, John Kent and asked him if he could justify employing a consultant whose on-target earnings appear to be in the region of £200,000 a year.