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FIVE GRAND A WEEK DEAL UNDER THREAT

12-02-2010

Heather Tomlinson

The Stirrer’s revelation that Birmingham City Council hired an Interim Education Officer on a £5,000 a week deal has had an instant result – her bosses have been ordered to renegotiate the contract.

We broke the news that Heather Tomlinson had been hired by the Children, Young People and Families Department, which recently issued redundancy notices to 1300 staff.

Her contract meant that she would have earned twice as much in a year as she had when occupying a similar post recently in Bristol – with the added advantage that she was only expected to work a four day week.

What’s more, the deal bypassed the usual JNC appointments panel, and was only given their seal of approval retrospectively after our story was aired.

Now we learn that Strategic Director Tony Howell has been told by Cabinet Member Cllr Les Lawrence to reduce the cost of Tomlinson’s contract – although we still only know this unofficially, because a fortnight after we first made enquiries about this story, the Council’s press office still hasn’t deigned to give us a response.

We also revealed that a former Service Director in Education Mike Yarnold was being rehired at £750 per day following his retirement.

Following our revelations, trade unions blasted the Council’s consultancy culture.

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