A Golden Goodbye….

From the Echo:

The man who oversaw the controversial street light switch off in Essex was given a ?116,000 golden goodbye, the Echo can reveal.

That works out to be almost as much as was saved in turning off the lights in Castle Point and Rochford for a year.

Robert Overall, who was the executive director for highways at Essex County Council between 2008 and 2014, left the Tory administration last June just months after the lights went out in Basildon, Castle Point, and Rochford….

UPDATE 31st July: The Guardian reports today:

Public-sector redundancy payouts to be capped at ?95,000 …. Treasury says end to NHS, civil service and local council ?golden goodbyes? will save taxpayer millions of pounds

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