Haringey ‘gagged’ council chief with six-figure payoff

The Evening Standard reports:

Haringey council was facing fresh criticism today over a secret six-figure payoff it made to one of its senior officials.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was allegedly given the payment to stop an embarrassing “revelation” about Labour councillor Charles Adje becoming public at an employment tribunal.

The council is facing calls to explain the deal.

Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, called on chief executive Ita O’Donovan to “clarify” the reasons for it.

She said: “There is a big question mark over how Haringey uses gagging orders and prefers cover-up to openness. There is clearly an issue if there are large payouts going on. If no one is allowed to know about them how do we know whether they are justified?”

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  • Terry Gilbert 12th Nov '09 - 6:07pm

    I’m a Norfolk resident now, but I gather gagging orders have been an expensive use of cash in Tory Suffolk, too.

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