Petition demands return of £70,000 'golden goodbye'

Published on: 30 Jan 2018

A PETITION asking for Bristol's Mayor to ‘pay back’ £70,000 allegedly paid to Bristol City Council’s former chief executive has been launched by Liberal Democrat campaigner and Westbury-on-Trym resident, Graham Donald.

The campaign, #Taxpayers Money, is calling for a full independent inquiry to be held into the recruitment for and departure of Anna Klonowski, the former chief executive of Bristol City Council, who left the council in September.

More than 1,000 people have signed the petition so far - 3,500 signatures are required to trigger a City Council debate. Graham Donald said:“I am promoting this petition about the departure of Bristol’s former chief executive in September 2017. I believe this reflects badly on Bristol City Council and on the reputation of our city.  

“As a former local government officer and civil servant, I know there are rules that apply to public servants when they are recruited and when they leave their employment.  There must be a suspicion that these rules have not been followed in this case.  

“Also, at a time when the city council is making cuts to service provision, is it right that a £70k payment should be made to someone who has left their post on a voluntary basis and when their contract did not specify this? My petition calls for a full independent inquiry to be held into the recruitment for and departure from her post of the former chief executive.”

The petition is at www.taxpayersmoney.weebly.com 

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