Maldon council cost-cutter a 'waste of money'

Julie Alderson is the new interim finance director at Maldon District Council

Julie Alderson is the new interim finance director at Maldon District Council

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Residents have derided as ‘unnecessary’ and a ‘ludicrous’ waste of money, a council move to hire a cost-cutter, paid £630 a day.

Julie Alderson has recently been appointed in the temporary position of interim finance director at Maldon District Council.

She was previously hired, as an interim director of resources from October 2010 to February 2011, by Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire, on an £10,000-a-month salary.

To cut costs at the council she got rid of 1,700 jobs and cut the budget by £80 million.

On top of her salary, she received £4,860.91 in expenses during her time at Kirklees and claimed for rent, parking, electricity and groceries, including £11.52 for lightbulbs.

Marian Mathan, 67, and Brian Painter, 73, of Abbotsmead, Heybridge, were shocked to hear about the council’s new employee.

Mrs Mathan said: “I think it’s disgusting.

“If they need that sort of help it shows they are not really up to scratch.

“It’s a bit mad as it isn’t really cutting costs.”

Mr Painter added: “We are disgusted with it, is it really necessary?”

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8:07am Thu 21 Aug 14

An alternative view says...

So are more than two people disgusted at this? I'm not yet disgusted, when you need to make difficult decisions in large organisations the easiest thing to do is to hire a grim reaper like this, pay her to be **** unpopular and then wave her goodbye when she's saved the money, cut the fat and tossed out the dead wood.... like Kirklees did.

Will Marian & Brian be quite so disgusted when this person has saved many thousands of "their taxes"... it's always "their" taxes isn't it.... funny that
So are more than two people disgusted at this? I'm not yet disgusted, when you need to make difficult decisions in large organisations the easiest thing to do is to hire a grim reaper like this, pay her to be **** unpopular and then wave her goodbye when she's saved the money, cut the fat and tossed out the dead wood.... like Kirklees did. Will Marian & Brian be quite so disgusted when this person has saved many thousands of "their taxes"... it's always "their" taxes isn't it.... funny that An alternative view
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9:14am Thu 21 Aug 14

El Presendente says...

Sometimes it takes a fresh & impartial set of eyes to solve a problem because lets face it no one is going to volunteer themselves for redundancy either through natural wastage or cost cutting.

I know two Kirklees council employees and my understanding is that due to changes in government policy regarding local authority funding their will be further year-on-year cuts in order to meet budget restraints. If people don't like these cuts then they have to perfect opportunity next May when the general election is held to make their vote count.
Sometimes it takes a fresh & impartial set of eyes to solve a problem because lets face it no one is going to volunteer themselves for redundancy either through natural wastage or cost cutting. I know two Kirklees council employees and my understanding is that due to changes in government policy regarding local authority funding their will be further year-on-year cuts in order to meet budget restraints. If people don't like these cuts then they have to perfect opportunity next May when the general election is held to make their vote count. El Presendente
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9:21am Thu 21 Aug 14

Opsiomath says...

Good reporting by Maldon Standard (if slightly theatrical) , we all need to be aware of this stuff -Thank you

What concerns me is not the principle of cost cutting and finding efficiencies.

It's the fact that the gene pool in MDC appears so weak that every time they hit a small problem they have to reach out to expensive outsiders to sort the issue out for them (surely that's what the expensive CEO is for)

Eg: The recent appointment of another expensive consultant to try to get the Planning Department to function properly. If they hired in the right professionals in the first place, they wouldn't keep getting themselves in these holes
Good reporting by Maldon Standard (if slightly theatrical) , we all need to be aware of this stuff -Thank you What concerns me is not the principle of cost cutting and finding efficiencies. It's the fact that the gene pool in MDC appears so weak that every time they hit a small problem they have to reach out to expensive outsiders to sort the issue out for them (surely that's what the expensive CEO is for) Eg: The recent appointment of another expensive consultant to try to get the Planning Department to function properly. If they hired in the right professionals in the first place, they wouldn't keep getting themselves in these holes Opsiomath
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11:28am Thu 21 Aug 14

maldonglass says...

Kirklees is a huge metropolitan borough with thousands of staff and huge budgets - Maldon has laways had a minimal number of staff and low budgets - her experience at Kirklees will in no way help her in maldon.
I also note that her previous pay packages breech Cameron's decree that no public sector worker should earn more than his £140,000 a year and although she is a consultant she is working in the public sector!!!! Are we to replace public sector workers with much higher paid private consultants - not a good idea.
Kirklees is a huge metropolitan borough with thousands of staff and huge budgets - Maldon has laways had a minimal number of staff and low budgets - her experience at Kirklees will in no way help her in maldon. I also note that her previous pay packages breech Cameron's decree that no public sector worker should earn more than his £140,000 a year and although she is a consultant she is working in the public sector!!!! Are we to replace public sector workers with much higher paid private consultants - not a good idea. maldonglass
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

No problem with her appointment or salary if she does the job well.
No problem with her appointment or salary if she does the job well. Jack222
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12:39pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

"On top of her salary, she received £4,860.91 in expenses during her time at Kirklees and claimed for rent, parking, electricity and groceries, including £11.52 for lightbulbs. "
It's the lightbulbs I'm livid about. How dare she expect lightbulbs? I'm off to paint a placard and get myself up to the town hall. #saynotolightbulbs
"On top of her salary, she received £4,860.91 in expenses during her time at Kirklees and claimed for rent, parking, electricity and groceries, including £11.52 for lightbulbs. " It's the lightbulbs I'm livid about. How dare she expect lightbulbs? I'm off to paint a placard and get myself up to the town hall. #saynotolightbulbs Hawthorne
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6:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

paultheuver1 says...

We the subject of public sector pay arises, the standard response we hear is, "we need to pay private sector rates to attract the right people into public sector positions." Yet as already pointed out, and a check of the published expenses will confirm the vast sums paid out to external consultants by MDC.
If only those expressing their support for these consultants, might reflect and react on the need for those already being paid a very good salary at tax payers expense, before giving their wholehearted support for further outlay of public money.
Of course the private sector employs consultants, in my experience, when they believe that the necessary skills for a project are not available in-house. Maybe the reason council tax payers are expected to pay a six figure salary for their Chief Executive, is for that rare ability to realise that you and/or those around you, are not upto the job?
We the subject of public sector pay arises, the standard response we hear is, "we need to pay private sector rates to attract the right people into public sector positions." Yet as already pointed out, and a check of the published expenses will confirm the vast sums paid out to external consultants by MDC. If only those expressing their support for these consultants, might reflect and react on the need for those already being paid a very good salary at tax payers expense, before giving their wholehearted support for further outlay of public money. Of course the private sector employs consultants, in my experience, when they believe that the necessary skills for a project are not available in-house. Maybe the reason council tax payers are expected to pay a six figure salary for their Chief Executive, is for that rare ability to realise that you and/or those around you, are not upto the job? paultheuver1
  • Score: 1

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