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New interim managing director of tax-payer funded BexleyCo already has £70,000 part-time job in Northern Ireland

PUBLISHED: 09:20 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:20 26 July 2017

Adam Wilkinson, interim managing director of BexleyCo

Adam Wilkinson, interim managing director of BexleyCo

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The council are insisting he has time to do both jobs

Council bosses insist the new managing director of a much-trumpeted new publicly-funded company has time to focus on the role despite it emerging he has another £70,000 part-time job in Northern Ireland.

Adam Wilkinson was appointed as interim MD of BexleyCo in June - a tax-payer funded project to build up a property portfolio to generate vital revenues. He was hired to work for “three to four days-a-week” on a salary the council refuses to confirm.

But between Tuesday to Thursday, he will be coining it in as an interim director at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on £834+VAT per day and expenses of up to £165 per day.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Taxpayers will be astounded that when necessary savings need to be found across the public sector, such extraordinary sums can be paid out to a part-time consultant.

“Questions have already been asked about the size of numerous golden goodbyes that this individual has received from other councils, only to land on his feet in similar lucrative jobs elsewhere in the country.

“If we are ever going to get the public finances out of the terrible state they are in then then this revolving door culture needs to be brought to an end.”

Mr Wilkinson received a £365,000 severance package from Kent County Council in 2010 after just 12 months in his post, and took voluntary redundancy at Derby City Council in 2015 pocketing another £140,000.

He recently finished a £112,000 nine-month contract with super-council the North East Combined Authority.

A spokesperson for Bexley council, said: “This is a part time position and Mr Wilkinson made it clear that he had the time needed to carry out the role here in Bexley.”

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