Suffolk: Council chief Andrea Hill has been paid �37,000 since she was last at work

SUFFOLK: County council chief executive Andrea Hill has earned more than �37,700 gross in salary since she was last behind her desk at Endeavour House.

And a decision on what should happen to her has been further delayed after the dismissals appeals committee that had been due to discuss her on Friday was postponed.

Mrs Hill was last at work on April 18, the day that Mark Bee was elected as the new leader of the Conservative group in succession to Jeremy Pembroke.

She began a pre-arranged holiday in America the following day and had been due back at work on May 5.

However on the day she was due to return Mrs Hill was asked to stay away from her desk while “anonymous whistle-blowing allegations” were investigated.

It is nine weeks today since her holiday began – and seven weeks on Thursday that her period of extended leave continued.

With a gross salary of �218,000 a year, Mrs Hill earns �4,190 a week (excluding tax and national insurance deductions) – so during her nine weeks away from her desk she has earned �37,700 gross and since her extended leave began seven weeks ago she has earned �29,300 gross.

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The county’s dismissals appeal committee met on June 3 to consider a report by London-based law company Wragge and Co which had investigated the allegations against Mrs Hill. After the meeting it issued a statement saying: “The committee was able to resolve some of the allegations however it felt that a number required further investigation.

“In addition as a result of Freedom of Information requests into expense claims by Andrea Hill the committee has asked the investigation team to review those claims.

“The findings of the team will be reported to the committee at their next meeting on June 24. Andrea Hill will remain on extended leave by mutual consent until that date.

“Suffolk County Council is anxious that all investigations are completed and resolved as soon as possible in the interests of all those involved.”

The next meeting has now been put off until some time next week, although a location for it has yet to be decided.It is understood that it is unlikely to take place at Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House.

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