Trevor Doughty took "early retirement" in March. He had been employed by Lib Dem-run Northumberland Council as Director of People on £140,000 annual salary. He left with a year's pay and £266,400 penions top up. A fortnight later he started work for Cornwall council on £140,000 as Corporate Director for Children.
Cllr Peter Jackson, the Conservative opposition leader on Northumberland Council and head of the scrutiny committee, says:
"The council was honouring its contractual obligation but the payout comes at a time when the council is having to cut day to day services and staff. People in the private sector who pay into their pensions for years could never dream of such goldplated pensions. This case highlights the need for reform."