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SALFORD CITY MAYOR ON BARBARA SPICER DEPARTURE
 

Star date: 4th October 2013

IAN STEWART'S STATEMENT ON BARBARA SPICER

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, has now issued a statement confirming the resignation of Chief Executive, Barbara Spicer, who "has informed me that she would like to leave the council – we have reluctantly supported her request…"

Funny that, because Salford Council press office said they didn't know anything about it yesterday… "It's a non-story" the Salford Star was told.

Full details here…


Despite Salford Council press office `knowing nothing' about Barbara Spicer's resignation yesterday when asked by the Salford Star, this morning Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart issued a statement via his website saying "The Chief Executive Barbara Spicer has informed me that she would like to leave the Council – we have reluctantly supported her request…"

Following yesterday's exclusive Salford Star article (click here), in the statement, Stewart tries to imply that Spicer's departure is somehow linked to the £75million cuts programme that's been forced on Salford Council by the ConDem Government over the next three years…

"…the current economic climate demanded that we look at all means of redesigning the way we work to ensure that we are fit for purpose by being appropriately structured operationally to face the challenges ahead" he stated.

While this might well be the case, this is not what the Salford Star is hearing about Spicer's resignation. We are hearing that the resignation is linked to a row over Salford City Reds and Martin Vickers. And that, far from being about saving money for the Council, there's a huge tiff that's been brewing about the size of her massive pay-off – but then what does the Salford Star know?

Whatever. Stewart adds that Spicer's departure "gave us the opportunity to commission an intensive review of our senior management structures so that we are able to lead the Council through a period of unprecedented change…"

In other words, Salford Council has brought in yet more highly paid consultants to sort out its senior management to save money? Er, wasn't that supposed to be Barbara Spicer's job? Obviously one left in the `to do' file before she left.

Meanwhile, Stewart concludes: "I am focussed on how we can make some real savings without hitting services so that we ensure that we operate as efficiently as possible in the interests of the people of Salford and their families…"

Perhaps a few less bridges, calling in the Salford Reds loans and stopping £3million payments to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra might help. Rather than cutting services for disabled children, privatising services and making the poorest people in Salford pay an extra 3.5% towards their Council Tax. Oh, and maybe a little less of a pay-off to Barbara Spicer might help too…

Read the full statement on the Mayor's website – click here

PS Mr Mayor: Could you have picked a worse crow's feet photo of Babs to illustrate the story? Meeeeoooowww...

Lancashire Lad wrote
at 11:30:01 on 17 October 2013
Fair do folks, it might be that M/s Spicer felt that she wasn't up to the job and wanted to bail out of Salford giving her time to count and spend the proceeds of her "Golden Handcuff Deal." Good riddance to another Carpet Bagger.
 
Tom Curran wrote
at 17:06:28 on 08 October 2013
When 'New Deal for Communities' was still here I was the Chair for 'Building Communities Group'. Three letters of invitation were sent to her asking if she could come to a meeting and not once did she acknowledge them. Having seen her in action in the town hall and attempted to talk to her, I was ignored. So it seems she can now leave with a 'Golden Handshake' ( stinks of BBC pay outs) having resigned because she hasn't got the same 'Clout' because of the number of 'Deputy Mayors' Mr Stewart has appointed, enough for an 'Old Codgers' Football team. Wonder if they'll all get Golden Handshakes when they leave. Goodbye Ms Spicer, for now anyway, wonder where you'll pop up next.
 
wrote
at 06:50:10 on 08 October 2013
If Michael Felse is correct that Ms Spicer may have resigned because of undue pressure she has the same redress as anyone else-to bring a claim against SCC for constructive dismissal. If the council have dutifully complied with their contractual obligations to Ms Spicers,they should not worry if she were to pursue such a line... Surely it would be illegal of SCC to pay out taxpayers money to pay out what in effect could be construed as a bribe to "gag" an employee-unless of course they have something to hide!
 
Ex-liebour voter wrote
at 06:49:40 on 08 October 2013
Salford Clowncil finally start disposing of this City's TRASH.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:39:03 on 07 October 2013
@Bob. It depends on circumstances. The employment law gives an employee the right to resign but if they are under undue pressure, that caused them to leave, they could be able to make a constructive dismissal claim against the employer, if proven rightly getting the compensation. I for one thank the ex Chief Executive for the support and advice I had from Directorates.
 
bob wrote
at 09:22:15 on 07 October 2013
Im not sure i understand, if she resigns then she has left of her own account and should not get any sort of payout, unless its gagging money. Can anyone explain that situation ?
 
Ian wrote
at 19:58:18 on 06 October 2013
Even though I don't necessarily like Barbara Spicer, I am prepared to say that she may have done some good and very good things in her job. But let's not pretend that she was somehow motivated by a love of or loyalty to Salford. Her first loyalty was to herself and her personal ambition - and I don't really have a problem with that...let's just be honest. The way she treated some colleagues, many of them long-serving and capable Salford people, spoke volumes. I wish her well but I also feel that it is right for her to go. She has done some good and a great deal of bad, establishing a culture of fear and paralysis amongst even those doing a good job who refused to tow the line.
 
wrote
at 20:16:49 on 05 October 2013
I sincerely hope that Salford CC haven't done another hatchet job on the people of this city by contractually tying themselves into giving MS Spicer a golden goodbye bonus. Fred Hampton is right...how can an employee who chooses to leave their employment be entitled to anything other than their weekly/monthly wage? I imagine Ms Spicer is also required to complete her statutory notice period before setting off on her merry way. In the world us mere mortals live in, normal working practice is that you give your notice, work it and then leave without a golden handshake/bonus. Try telling someone who is on a zero hour contract paying £6.19ph that shes worth a pay off.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 17:56:40 on 05 October 2013
People like me would do the job for nothing more that a guarantee to keep children centers and vulnerable people's services running and fit for purpose.
 
johnny wrote
at 06:32:36 on 05 October 2013
I bet any money we will shortly see a new post being created, one that will help guide the mayor in the absence of a chief executive - they will probably call it strategic advisor or something like that with a 6 figure salary to boot.
 
Fred Hampton wrote
at 16:57:44 on 04 October 2013
Given that "ginger" Spicer has said she would like to leave then surely there should be no payoff, "golden goodbye", "hush money" or whatever you want to call it. Just normal salary until her finish date. I know this won't happen, just dreamin',,,,,,time for my medication. what odds she will re-appear on the board of a few "development" companies or "consultancies" with their noses in the Salford council-tax trough?
 
Ossie wrote
at 14:18:45 on 04 October 2013
Good riddance. Who's the next waster to go ? This Dead City is run worse than a Banana Republic .
 
Sarah wrote
at 13:58:46 on 04 October 2013
Its easy to save money. Cut some jobs and have the others cover those jobs too! This is what they do with regular staff so why do they need an expert to tell them that. After all if there good enough to get to the top of their game surely their clever enough to learn parts of another job!!
 
Dorien Gray wrote
at 12:54:43 on 04 October 2013
Regarding that last comment, I,m sure there is a very nice portrait of Babs, from her younger idealistic days, before the excesses of power caught up with her. As usual with Salford council, she made a crap deal. THE PICTURE WAS SUPPOSED TO AGE. Doh!
 
Harold wrote
at 12:54:10 on 04 October 2013
Good riddance to Spicer. She milked the taxpayer for far too long with her obscene salary. Mayor Greedy can make real savings for the city by resigning .
 
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