The Evening Star’s Suffolk County Council reporter, Paul Geater, has today been banned from getting comment from the authority - for simply telling the truth.

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That is what the Suffolk County Council press office say they will respond to any queries put forward by The Evening Star’s local government correspondent Paul Geater.

And why? Simply for telling the uncomfortable truth that more than £12,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent on paying for council chief Andrea Hill to have sessions with professional “change” guru Sol Davidson.

Mr Geater, who was has worked as local government correspondent for The Star since 1994 and never been banned before, was told by a senior press officer Andrew St Ledger that the county council’s press office was no longer prepared to work with him following the story about the training sessions for Mrs Hill.

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This action has been condemned by both the town’s MPs, who have labelled it “ridiculous”.

The saga unfolded when the Evening Star newsdesk received unsolicited e-mails from a member of the public containing the results of Freedom of Information requests about training sessions for senior staff at Endeavour House.

These were passed on to Mr Geater who read them and then did some research into Mr Davidson, who had worked with chief executive Andrea Hill in 23 sessions at a cost of £525 a session.

He then contacted the county council press office for a comment.

Mr Geater told the press officer which FoI requests he was talking about – each FoI at the county has an individual number.

He also sent copies of the FoI pdfs – after removing the name of the member of the public who had sent them to the newspaper.

After senior press officer Mr St Ledger had seen them, he called back and said the council would be issuing a statement later in the day. He indicated that the amount of money involved – £12,075 over nearly three years – did not seem excessive but stressed this was not an official comment.

He asked where the story would be used. Mr Geater pointed out that was not a decision for him to make. The press officer said he suspected it would be on the front page.

The council statement, published in full in the story, arrived at 5.15pm on Thursday.

On Friday Mr Geater had a pre-arranged meeting with the county council first thing which was amicable, but at lunchtime received a call from Mr St Ledger indicating that the press office would no longer be prepared to work with him.

He was told any request for information from the press office would be met by a “no comment”.

This was personal to him – other journalists from the Evening Star and our sister paper the East Anglian Daily Times would be treated as normal.

Mr St Ledger said that the tone of the article contributed to the decision by the press office not to speak to him in future.

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “I have seen the Freedom of Information request, together with the answer from Suffolk County Council and stand by Paul Geater and our story 100 per cent.

“The ban is as laughable as it is ridiculous – the county council needs to get its message across, not to suppress it because they are unhappy with what it sees as the tone of a true story.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “This is bizarre behaviour from the county council. Councils should be publishing all details of invoices they pay in any case, so it’s hardly as if they can keep these figures a secret.

“Paul was only doing his job – reporting on what the county was spending our money on. And with public finances so tight, it is only right that he does just that. The council needs to stop this silly vendetta.”

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter said: “This is ridiculous, it is a crazy decision. It is important to have journalists to hold authorities like the county council to account.

“There is nothing unreasonable about these stories – people have the right to know how public money is being spent.”

60 comments

  • It is an unfortunate picture of Ms Hill - she tends to look rather smug in it and I am sure she is not in real life. She is a 'public' servant, not employed by a private company of which she might hold an office such as MD. She is, to repeat, a PUBLIC servant and well done to Mr Geater, who is not as pretty as Ms Hill by the way, for exposing the whole sordid affair. (Perhaps she could give him £12k to spend on a course to make him look pretty and smile smugly!) £12k is a stupid amount to pay on such a thing as unearthed by Mr Geater. I am a teacher and that money would pay for a Learning Support Assistant for a year or more and would cover nearly 12 years' capitation (budget) for me to spend on running my department! On a completely separate note, she is paid too much really and she could be a little more honest and take a voluntary pay cut perhaps!

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    Kingfisher

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The Daily Mail also featured an article about Andrea Hills so called guru - are they to be banned as well? What a disgraceful waste of taxpayers money - the sooner she goes the better.

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    DGR

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • I agree with Martha, get the photo correct because she almost looks pleasant in the old one!!!!!The amount she gets paid is quite obscene when she obviously doesn't deserveearn it, if she is that 'high calibre' she shouldn't need further training. Her pay is obviously more important than saving School Crossing patrols for instance and possibly a childs life!! Suffolk County Council seems to have been in a bit of a mess ever since she arrived I support Paul Geater he is only doing his job for the people of Ipswich.

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    JC720

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

  • Ha ha ha!! Well done Andrea - from the photo, the bloke looks even more miserable than usual - maybe you should recommend he goes on the course and the benefits that he may gain by attending! It's good to see a glum-looking reporter get their come-uppance - or it this just for the sake of the camera!?

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    Chris Ward

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Good question Citizen, apart from the next local elections I wish there was another legal way of getting rid of our Mr Pembroke and his Merry Persons. I don't think attempting the Libyan method is the way to go but fear the democratic approach which is not reciprocated by our present council is our only choice. Perhaps Mr Cann can point us in the right direction ! One other question that I have is how can Mrs Hill be fired other than by the Council that appointed her ?

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

  • Mrs Hill will NOT resign but wait until she gets 'pushed' (if only) when she could expect a huge compensation settlement like the ones used to silence disgruntled SCC employees over the last 12 months totaling £521,277(public money) and £208,263 between Jan.2008 and Sept.2009. It is interesting to learn that most of these compensation payments(or hush money) have been made since Mrs Hill's unfortunate appointment in March 2008 !!!!!!!! Assuming that Mrs Hill leaves with an obscene 'payoff' there are already rumors that there is another position awaiting her and who would bet against her moving to the Woodbridge area ? However, if she would accept advice from a long term (or should it be suffering0 Suffolk resident perhaps she would implement her New Strategic Direction to herself and that is westwards towards Cambridge and no turning back !

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

  • I am not a great fan of Mr. Geater, we have a very different political opinions; however this is ridiculous. The public have the right to know what the council are wasting our money on. 23 lessons on "change" is utter;y ridiculous, how on earth could someone find enough to talk about to fill 23 lessons? Absolutely crazy

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    Lord Bumble

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Time for direct action yet??? Who cares if they didn't like the tone that’s the joys of freedom of speech - if you don’t want to be criticised for spending....sorry, wasting countless thousands of public money the answer is simple..... DONT WORK IN PUBLIC OFFICE!! If we genuinely want change the only way this will happen is through constant protest - refuse to pay SCC's share of council tax until there is a by-election, picket ivory towers till ANDrea is forced to resign there’s loads that can be done all we need to do is just do something. Simply moaning on a local paper website will not achieve anything you need to actually do something that they can not ignore.... wow imagine what fun a local election would be if it were this week!!!!!!

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    forkhead

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Ms Hill will continue to 'milk' this job until she decides to go or she gets bored with having to answer questions. Pembroke got it wrong. How did he think his decision would go unquestioned! Says a lot about being blind from ones own arrogance. Pembroke is quite personable and I have met him several times but he is very old school. He used to work in the City so being able to 'hire' someone on this sort of money would appeal to him and the other Execs. Ms Hill actually left her last job because it all went wrong. Nice work if you can get it. I'd like to see what she has really 'brought to the table' that was not there already. She would need to lie in order to convince us of her worth. I spent 4 years working at SCC and CSD and I have quite intimate knowledge of how things work. I just wished I'd kept a dossier of some of the outrageous things I saw and heard. Blatent disregard for public money at almost every level. A world that operates under its own conditions and rules and there is hell to pay if you stir things up. Very Stalinist. SCC and CSD used to hire £85K-£130K a year contractors like they were going out of fashion. I met so many highly paid yet low calibre people on a daily basis most of whom used to sit in meetings all day drinking free coffee and eating sandwiches. SCC and CSD are still awash with people who add nothing. If Ms Hill was as slick as she claims, the wage bill at SCC would be much less now than when she took office but the local Govt agenda is NOT job cutting it is about expert re-shuffling. I just hope Cameron and Pickles do what they threaten.

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    Roy Wood

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Someone asks for information under a freedom of information request. SCC reply .... because by democratically created law they have too. Then they don't like the tone of the resultant criticism in the press so they ban them! We can be sure that members of the bigger and more tenacious press will have a field day with this. Well now we know where the phrase Silly Suffolk comes from!

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    Oft Meanders

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • "Didn't like the tone" - well Ms Hill, we don't like you wasting OUR money and have a democratic right to know. Get off your high horse and take that pay cut , or even better resign.

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    GetaGrip

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The life of Riley. And she is getting away with it...

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    Roy Wood

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Unfortunately Paul Geater has form in writing inaccurate and misleading stories about the County Council and escaping without sanction so, valid as his and Archant's complaint is now, I won't shed too many tears. Paul appears to have an anti-Local Authority agenda (not ideal for a political correspondent) and anything he writes should be read in that context. Perhaps he should try getting elected and changing things he doesn't like from the inside.

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    Portman51

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Fabulous - you really could not make it up. Twenty five years ago my wife and I were proud to come and live and work in Suffolk, largely as a consequence of its excellent council and the work it did in education and social work. I wonder why ANDrea came here? Don't give up Paul and the Star - these are dark times, and we need you to shed the light.

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    Simon K

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The people of Suffolk county council forget they are there to serve the county and have no right to refuse the public answers to questions, As we have seen with BBC Suffolk recently publicly funded arogance is to be found in many parts of our daily lives.

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    Richard

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Seems Andrea Hill is not up to the job if she had the seek help from this " change guru ", as this was over 3 years this would have been only just over £4k out out her exceesive salary had she paid for it herself, which any normal person would have done if they want to better themselves, think she should pay the money back with interest, seems the County were embarrased as this has come out by banning the Reporter don't these Council people in these high positions understand the basics, " they are employed by the people of Suffolk, paid by the people of Suffolk & answerable to the people of Suffolk

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    john chenery

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The council does not have the authority to ban him. Any member of the public can ask FOI questions and the public body has to answer them. Maybe it's time for Ms Hill to go.

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    zaax

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • mr geater only telling the truth come on wipe that smile of her face

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    jennifer sharpe

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Other questions to ask would include How many staff have had employment terminated and for what reasons? How many staff are off with "stress" in the past 2 years? The number of staff that are now being managed has dropped so why hasn't the salary of Ms Hill?? I know which way I'm voting next time, and it'll be a slap in the face for those who turned a decent employer into a farce.

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    Hman316

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • So much for the Freedom of Information Act! SCC didn't like the 'tone of the story', well if it was untrue, sue the Evening Star. Otherwise leave our newspaper to report what is relevant to the local taxpayer. Not everyone has the time to trawl through minutes of meetings etc to find out how our money is being spent. This must be when our MP's and Mr Pickles make a stand against the people in charge of SCC. So much for democracy!

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    Tolly

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • SCC seems to have difficulty with the concept of public bodies being open to scrutiny. Perhaps they are expecting some awkward questions at the end of the month when they 2011 rates demands are sent out and are afraid the local press will have a field day.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • How about we form our own new political party? We could call it "Anyone but You Lot” force an election and get someone from each ward to stand against the existing member. Really would be money where your mouth is time then - its easy to criticise when your not the one trying to balance the books. id be curious to see what "The People" would then do!! Let’s do it....even if it’s just to amuse me!!

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    forkhead

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The picture of Andrea Hill that accompanies this story is very old and out of date: she hasn't had that hair style for ages. Perhaps someone on your picture desk could ensure that out of date photographs are moved to the back of the drawer, and are suitably labelled. Ms Hill has a quite different hair style now, and a more recent photograph should have been used. When Hill becomes, as she surely will, the former chief executive of Suffolk County Council, can we have a photo sequence that shows the course of her tenure in Suffolk, with accurate hairstyles in the correct date order please?

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    martha farquhar

    Friday, March 11, 2011

  • SCC need to be asked who imposed this ban. If it is just their press office then it would be surprising if nodody in authority has taken them to task. It may be they are all away on a jolly and nobody is streering the ship. Somebody at SCC needs to explain who is responsible for another fine mess and say sorry. Not sure what these employees are being paid for but it isn't their fine judgment.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The following response is based upon what I have read in trodays Evening Star front page headline. I have known Paul for nearly 30 years and have always respected him for reporting it 'as it is'. We have in this country a convention within our constitution that the pressmedia have freedom to publishtelevise reports of interest and concern to our communities. Private companies can enjoy anonimity, if it can get away with it, and the oft 'no comment' is a common response. However OUR representatives managing (or mismanaging) OUR facilities and services DO NOT HAVE THAT LUXURY! Mr Eric Pickles sent me an email this week emphasising this coalition's determination to insist upon TRANSPARENCY in LOCAL GOVERNMENT. I would urge that my county councillor, Mrs Patricia OBrien, disassociates herself from any directive that compromises the freedom of the press to investigate and to report any matter concerning MY COUNTY COUNCIL however unpalatable. If, at any time deemed incorrect, to insist that the huge press office at the county( remember the £150K temp.? ) rebutt's the reports via the ELECTED LEADER who must decide, with our other elected controlling councillors, any consequence of actions taken in OUR NAME by OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS - COUNCILLORS. The publicity given to the latest, in my view, county debacle in the National Press is embarrassing and brings discredit to this beautiful historic COUNTY that I have been privileged to live in for over thirty years. In support of The Evening Star and your sister paper The East Anglian Dail Times may I urge you to publish the names of ALL COUNTY COUNCILLORS, upon a county constituency map, so that the whole electorate can lobby their representatives to embark upon a fight back for a county managed on OUR behalf by OUR representatives who might, at last, have gleaned some understanding of the role of officers and elected members and, more significantly, the omnipotent and ultimate power of the electorate. Keep at it Paul!!

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    randall bevan

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The Hill woman should just be sacked.None of the Suffolk taxpayers who pay her wages want her.

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    p smith

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • But you have 'banned' (or you call it "censored") from these pages some of my legitimate criticisms of your papers. Pot .... kettle .... black?

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Unbelievably childish decision. Your report states that Suffolk County Council's decison is personal to Mr. Geater and that other reporters from the Evening Star and the EADT will be trated normally. Don't they think that these "other reporters" won't be asking the same questions? I think that Ms. Hill is overstepping her role in a vast manner. Her new Strategic Direction that SCC is adhering to should surely be written by elected councillors, however inept they may be and not by an unelected officer. This council is bringing total shame and embarrasment on Suffolk, just look at the national papers.

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    england1770

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • I can't believe so many people think the Council are there for our sakes. How much of our property tax goes on their pensions? We are the People, WE ARE THE COUNCIL Next elections bring them down.

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    m01

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Good job that the Star shows its credentials as a part of a free press. I had a nasty feeling at one point that Archant were in the business of producing the official Tory Suffolk County Council "fanzines" i.e. no criticism of either Tories or SCC or both, but it seems not to be so. I really don't know what they're worrying about because we're always being told there's nothing to hide.

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    T Doff

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • how can you get banned, this money spent on ms Hill is our money

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • I think someone's forgotten who pays the bills. We do. We ar governed by our consent until such time as the governing abuse that trust.

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    Cllr Andrew Cann

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • A classic case of the saying "the truth hurts"! It seems like Suffolk County Council doesn't like their wasting of taxpayers money becoming public knowledge. They don't appear to me to spend money on essential things but instead stash our money in bank accounts earning interest to help fund the exhorbitant wages of their leaders and other wasteful enterprises. I hope most people remember this when the next local elections come along. I certainly will.

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    Ken M

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Paul - you have my full support - well done!! It is absolutely right to expose these people.SCC are a joke and the more stories like this the more that fact is confirmed. Dont forget it these people that are deciding Suffolk's residents fate in the cuts. Closing Fire Control and the libraries etc etc and they dont even live here in Suffolk!!! Get them out at the next elections.

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    Bluetooth

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Andrea Hill is a vile woman who needs to be removed from her position without delay. She seems to treat her position as a massive gravy train. "But I didn't take a pay rise", she bleats whenever questioned about her salary. Well, when you are being paid almost twice as much as the Prime Minister you can put your money where your mouth is, offer REAL value for money and take at least a 50% pay CUT. Or better still, resign and don't ever come back.

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    Richard Hall

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • It beggars belief anyone from the council connected to the press could be so stupid. But its too late for that - she must now resign.

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    Sam

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Ms Hill will continue to 'milk' this job until she decides to go or she gets bored with having to answer questions. Pembroke got it wrong. How did he think his decision would go unquestioned! Says a lot about being blind from ones own arrogance. Pembroke is quite personable and I have met him several times but he is very old school. He used to work in the City so being able to 'hire' someone on this sort of money would appeal to him and the other Execs. Ms Hill actually left her last job because it all went wrong. Nice work if you can get it. I'd like to see what she has really 'brought to the table' that was not there already. She would need to lie in order to convince us of her worth. I spent 4 years working at SCC and CSD and I have quite intimate knowledge of how things work. I just wished I'd kept a dossier of some of the outrageous things I saw and heard. Blatent disregard for public money at almost every level. A world that operates under its own conditions and rules and there is hell to pay if you stir things up. Very Stalinist. SCC and CSD used to hire £85K-£130K a year contractors like they were going out of fashion. I met so many highly paid yet low calibre people on a daily basis most of whom used to sit in meetings all day drinking free coffee and eating sandwiches. SCC and CSD are still awash with people who add nothing. If Ms Hill was as slick as she claims, the wage bill at SCC would be much less now than when she took office but the local Govt agenda is NOT job cutting it is about expert re-shuffling. I just hope Cameron and Pickles do what they threaten.

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    Roy Wood

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Just sack her.

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    p smith

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • I'm not sure of the point Chris Ward is trying to make below? Is he condoning censorship and taxpayer waste if it upsets the media? Well I suspect he is in a very small minority. Personally I'm in favour of accountability, especially from taxpayer funded bodied and individuals who sadly today tend to forget the term "Public Servants". Instead they see themselves as some form of Messiah preaching to the un-educated masses.

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    Weary Traveller

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • What I can't stand is how Gummer and Poulter- both Tory MP's have a go at SCC but forget to mention it is a Tory County Council, why do they not just ask Pembroke, Noble and Judy Terry what they think they are doing? As they are the same tories who worked to get Gummer and Poulter elected - I am sure if it was a labour run County council they woul be kicking up a fuss, or have they no influence over their fellow Tories?

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    Alasdair Ross

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • I completely agree its time all our local councillors were held to account. As sarky sarge says 'It's high time people elected into councils were legally forced to represent the majority view of the voter' ' 'For too long councils - our representatives - mostly ignore the publics wishes once they are elected.' I have attended several council meetings in the past few years and have been amazed at the lack of democracy and the fact that they refuse to listen to public outcry.

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    Concerned Local

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • If your reading this... please resign! Its clear the people of Ipswich and Suffolk want you to..

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    PC1

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • How much more arrogant can Suffolk County Council possibly get? Now they are in effect trying to tell The Evening Star who they should employ as their political colomnist! What person could possibly have thought that this was a good decision, as it will attract much more negative press for them in the national papers as well. Surely the Conservative MPs and or central government will take action soon, as Suffolk County Council are bringing everything the Conservative party say they stand for into disrepute. The bottom line is Ms. Hill and Mr. Pembroke, whether you like it or not, you are accountable to the public, and the press ask the awkward questions on our behalf, and surely as you are supposed to be "public servants", you have a duty to justify your decisions to your employers..........and that is the public by the way!

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    england1770

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Just another thought. By Suffolk County Council's line of reasoning, can their staff say that they don't like the Chief Executive and simply refuse to have any work related dealings with her?

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    england1770

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Councillor Cann, I wish I could agree with you more often but on this one basic principle that underpins our democracy you are 100% correct. Please tell us what we can do short of a coup d'etat to get some change!!!

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    Citizen

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • Every time Jeremy Pemberton has been asked about Andrea Hill's outrageous salary, he has explained how the high salary is necesaary to attract soemone of the highest calibre. So why does she need training?

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    Dave Love

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • I know how angry the evening star feels i have on many occasions been censored for writing the truth to this newspaper on many matters in the past, freedom of speech and all that.

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    peter wright

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Jeremy Pembroke should admit he was wrong employing and endorsing Andrea Hill who continually courts controversy. I know these days it is difficult for anyone to hold their hands up and admit they were wrong but if he wants to have any credibility in Suffolk he must do it or suffer the wrath of the electorate. I wonder what the expensive guru thinks about this latest debacle or was it one of his suggestions? If so we want our money back!

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    Tolly

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Examination of Mrs Hill's employment history will reveal that she appears to be frequently at the centre of controversy. Reportedly she receives a salary of £218,000pa plus her personal pension& expenses add-ons and also receives another (so far) undisclosed remuneration for part-time attendance at another authority. All this takes place in addition to her sponsored trips to USA and in between times running marathons. If only she would start running another, away from Suffolk, taking along the council leader(once retired) who was responsible for her appointment knowing that, far from being the finished article, she would require further expensive training at our expense.

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Getting away with it... on a grand scale.

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    Roy Wood

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • How much are they paying to press officers and communications chiefs to make such crass decisions which can only backfire on them?

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    John Cook

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • As stated in the original Article SHE MUST GO

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    A Smith

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • whats happened to FREEDOM OF SPEECH nower days she spends to much we have the right to know

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    jennifer sharpe

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Do SCC not work for us if they are paid by us? The truth hurts eh? Atrocious waste of money. Please read this link and you will see, as a campaigner for more money to be spent on victims of crime,(when we are told the money isn't there!!!), you can see why this makes my blood boil! Do you sleep at night Ondrea? http:www.telegraph.co.uknewsuknewslaw-and-order8338619Victims-get-less-than-a-penny-for-every-pound-spent-on-offenders.html

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    D A

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The New Strategic Direction, so beloved of Ms Hill has three themes (see SCC website). The first of these is "Supporting and strengthening local democracy". Democracy is defined as "Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives" So whether the questions are convenient or not the Council is discarding (or reinterpreting) the first plank of NSD in dismissing legitimate questions from the press. Local Govt should be accountable and like him or loath him a journalist has a right to ask the questions, I would ask how ignoring accountability is supporting democracy? This smacks of "go away you oiks, we know whats best for you and knowing what we are up to isn't part of that"

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    Citizen

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • It's high time people elected into councils were legally forced to represent the majority view of the voter (by regular local referendum if they won't listen any other way) before spending large amounts of our money on what they surmise we wish it spent on. For too long councils - our representatives - mostly ignore the publics wishes once they are elected.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • This is outrageous behaviour from a Chief Exec, Council Leader & Council that is developing a bunker mentality. The press SHOULD be challenging Suffolk County Council over this ludicrous waste of money. That is Paul Geater's job! Suffolk County Council still doesn't get it does it? School crossing patrols are being axed & 29 libraries are threatened with closure yet it is perfectly acceptable for Andrea Hill to go on worthless courses!

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    Ipswich Red

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • well lets get her out of there save the money see costs us and get me in there as i will show you and tell you what a load of rubbish this lady is doing

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    lee chelsea mundy

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • A pemBROKEN Council in so many many ways.

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    Peter Wyburn

    Monday, March 7, 2011

  • As stated in the original Article SHE MUST GO

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    A Smith

    Monday, March 7, 2011

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