Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nine Boris Aides Share PS450,000 as They Land 'Golden Goodbye' Payouts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nine Boris Aides Share PS450,000 as They Land 'Golden Goodbye' Payouts

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Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor

NINE of Boris Johnson's senior City Hall advisers are to receive "golden goodbyes" totalling almost PS450,000, it emerged today.

They will get an average of PS50,000 each, although as several of the top team were part-time, other senior staff will receive much more.

The payoffs are in addition to more than PS300,000 handed to senior staff who left his team after the 2012 mayoral victory despite walking into lucrative positions in the private sector.

Mr Johnson attacked his predecessor Ken Livingstone when he took over at City Hall for paying his closest aides a staggering PS1.6 million in pay-offs.

They were all political appointments on fixed-term contracts and included Simon Fletcher who is now Jeremy Corbyn's top adviser.

By law they had to lose their jobs when the former Labour mayor lost the election. But Mr Livingstone had changed the rules, which then allowed them severance payments by giving them the same redundancy rights as permanent employees.

At the time Mr Johnson said he was "dismayed" by the huge sums, which were among the most generous in local government, but then did nothing to reverse the change.

A City Hall source said: "Eight years ago, Boris Johnson made a huge song and dance about being 'dismayed' that Ken Livingstone's appointments received payoffs. With these huge payments to Boris's own team he has now been hoist by his own petard."

All of Mr Johnson's senior staff were on contracts under section 67 of the GLA Act that expired at the end of his second term in power. The payouts were for "compensation for loss of office" even though several walked into other employment.

They were paid the equivalent of three months' salary for the first year of service, followed by an additional month for every extra year, up to a maximum of six months' pay. …

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