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Council ban public from meeting to agree chief executive’s severance pay

Paul Miles

Council ban public from meeting to agree chief executive’s severance pay

An extraordinary meeting to discuss the severance pay of Ruth Bagley, chief executive of Slough Borough Council, will take place on Thursday.

In August, the council held a statutory disciplinary hearing for Ms Bagley in which, the Express understood, she was suspended as chief executive.

The council excluded both the press and public from the part of the meeting in which an independent panel was set to investigate the actions of Ms Bagley.

The public and press will once again be excluded from the meeting on Thursday which, the agenda states, will discuss Ms Bagley’s severance payment.

The explanation for the exclusion states ‘the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information’.

The council would not comment further on the meeting, only to say it would
release a statement to the media following its conclusion.

Deputy leader of Slough Conservative Party, Cllr Rayman Bains (Con, Upton), said: “This is the second extraordinary meeting within months of each other.

“Not only are they a considerable cost to the taxpayer but any meeting involving paying out substantial amounts of council tax payers’ money should be public.

"Slough residents have right to know how much this administration's incompetency in running the council is costing them."

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