Thursday, 05 March 2015

HCA hit with £300k redundancy bill

The Homes and Communities Agency paid three senior executives more than £300,000 in redundancy payments last year.

The agency’s annual report for 2010/11 reveals Gill Taylor, the director of skills and knowledge, received a £199,535 payout, Trevor Beattie, who was director of strategy, policy, performance and research, got £44,175, and David Edwards, the executive director for the south east, received £69,032.

In addition the agency paid £346,691 into Mr Beattie’s pension fund when he left on 30 November 2010.

The report also reveals that several HCA directors are now earning more than the chief executive. David Lunts, the executive director for London, and Richard Ennis, the director of finance and corporate services, are both on a basic salary of £157,000. Chief executive Pat Ritchie earns £134,000, a substantial drop on the salary of the previous chief executive, Sir Bob Kerslake, who was on £223,000.

The annual report shows the HCA has had a successful year, exceeding its targets for housing starts and completions. The introduction to the report, from Ms Ritchie and chair Robert Napier, notes the agency is ‘in a strong position for delivery in the coming year’.

It states that keeping regeneration work on track is ‘perhaps the biggest success story of our year’, and that the agency has undergone significant changes in the last 12 months.

Challenges for 2012 include taking responsibility for social housing regulation from the Tenant Services Authority in April. The report states: ‘Ensuring a smooth transition will be an important part of our work this year.’

Readers' comments (10)

  • Director of 'Skills and Knowledge'? There's a vital post. At least the chief exec seems on about average for his position in the sector, the rest? Pffft.

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  • Alpha One

    Could someone explain what a Director of Skills and Knowledge does, and why this position is worth £200k a year?

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  • Usual Suspect

    I think its what we used to call a personnel director ! morhped into HR director. and now in order to justify the salary has got an even grander title .

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  • McMadman

    Alpha -

    Not even the HCA could explain it (or at least not without blushing), hence they deleted the post.

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  • The Director of Skills and Knowledge post covered training and capacity building particularly for non-HCA staff, in the fields of regeneration and housing. It was therefore nothing to do with HR. She didn't earn £200K p.a. - this figure included her redundancy payment.

    Government cuts mean the HCA won't be spending time helping and training in relation to non-HCA staff. No more capacity building or helping enable communities through specific training courses - hence this post (and the whole team) is being cut.

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  • Mr Reasonable

    How did we all cope in the days before Training and capacity building Managers?

    All those salaries seem obscene to me for producing what exactly?

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  • Alpha One

    Thank you for the clarification Little Angel, so essentially their job was to provide training on a consultancy basis for free! Spectacular use of public money I must say!

    As for your second paragraph, could you translate that into English for me please! What is capacity building and enabling communities, sounds like bureaucratise and someone trying to justify their own existence to me!

    This, people, is what is wrong with the public sector, and it is this that we should be cutting, not the social workers and bin men, but anyone who's role involved enabling, facilitating and coordinating all jobs that are thoroughly non-jobs.

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  • In addition the agency paid £346,691 into Mr Beattie’s pension fund when he left on 30 November 2010.


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  • Chris

    Of course, if there was a single universal benefit payable to all citizens then there would be no requirement for individual salaries on top. That would end all the cries of unfair payments to the executives, and ensure that even the lowliest worker could afford a home.

    But that is not what any of the handwringers want, they just want to moan about how much the other guy gets without noticing how much is being pilfered from their own pockets through underpayment compared to value. For instance, what an earth can Murdoch do to justify his many £millions in salary and perks per year that can only be earned on the backs of the minimum paid workers?

    If you do not believe in 'from each according to their ability, to each according to their need' then it is a little rich to moan about executive greed and excess.

    I look forward to Jono correcting everyone as to why the executives earn their hard-day's mega-wedge.

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  • McMadman


    Remember, this sort of troughing nonsense is not unique to the public sector - it happens in your beloved private sector too.

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