Council boss's four-day week approved

Southend Standard: Rob Tinlin, chief executive of Southend Council Rob Tinlin, chief executive of Southend Council

SOUTHEND’S council boss is to cut his hours and work a four-day week, it has been revealed.

Rob Tinlin, who as chief executive is the most senior paid official at Southend Council, requested to reduce his working week.

A cross-party group of councillors has now agreed to cut it to four days. He will spread out his working hours according to the needs of the council.

The leaders of the three main parties and a senior representative from the Independent group of councillors agreed to the request from Mr Tinlin, who has led the award-winning authority since 2005.

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft, who is chairman of the appointment and disciplinary committee, which agreed the change, said: “This arrangement enables us to retain a well-regarded and highlyeffective chief executive while allowing him a greater work-life balance.”

The change, which councillors insist will have little effect on the council, will come into effect from April.

Mr Tinlin’s £147,000 salary will be reduced to reflect the drop in hours.

He has already slashed his own pay from £184,209 in 2009/10, before the further reduction from next year. The saving will be used to help balance the books next year as the council expects a £12million drop in Government funding.

Similar contract changes are becoming more common among senior local government officers as a response to increasing financial pressure and the drive to share more services across traditional boundaries.

There are a number of chief executives across the country already working reduced hours, including some in Essex, such as Bala Mahendran, chief executive of Basildon Council.

Southend Council’s Lib Dem leader Graham Longley said: “Rob is a hardworking chief executive who always works the hours needed to secure the best outcomes for the people of Southend.

“We are confident this agreement will not affect this in any way.”

Ron Woodley, a senior Independent councillor for Thorpe, said: “This reduction is also matched by a reduction in salary costs which will assist in bridging the financial gap facing the council for 2014/15.”

Labour leader Ian Gilbert said: “Under this agreement the chief executive will retain his accountability for the running of the council and his statutory role as head of paid service."

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6:38am Fri 6 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

Now they have decided to close Priory House and possibly Delaware House and all other planned closures of useful services to the people of Southend then I guess he can have another day off to spend his £100k plus salary.
Now they have decided to close Priory House and possibly Delaware House and all other planned closures of useful services to the people of Southend then I guess he can have another day off to spend his £100k plus salary. fletch12107

7:02am Fri 6 Dec 13

whateverhappened says...

WHHOOA friday is golf day, long weekends at st Andrews for the nations council leaders............f
unded by the familes of terminal cancer sufferers who over stay their parking tickets at southend hospital when visiting.
WHHOOA friday is golf day, long weekends at st Andrews for the nations council leaders............f unded by the familes of terminal cancer sufferers who over stay their parking tickets at southend hospital when visiting. whateverhappened

10:11am Fri 6 Dec 13

abd123 says...

It wonder if he will take a reduction in salary of 20% in line with 20% less days worked? Or will he say I will do the same work but do it in 4 days therefore a tiny reduction in pay. Will his pension entitlement drop 20%? The press releases are cleverly worded to hide the true position.
It wonder if he will take a reduction in salary of 20% in line with 20% less days worked? Or will he say I will do the same work but do it in 4 days therefore a tiny reduction in pay. Will his pension entitlement drop 20%? The press releases are cleverly worded to hide the true position. abd123

11:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

supermadmax says...

we want our air show back.
we want our air show back. supermadmax

11:41am Fri 6 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Does he still qualify for the full ale and pies handout quota?
Does he still qualify for the full ale and pies handout quota? Howard Cháse

3:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

Which better going part time or no job. With a four day week then did he need to work five days when he had only four days full work
Which better going part time or no job. With a four day week then did he need to work five days when he had only four days full work Tich25

4:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

lucy10 says...

supermadmax wrote:
we want our air show back.
i dont
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: we want our air show back.[/p][/quote]i dont lucy10

6:57pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

lucy10 wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
we want our air show back.
i dont
moaning mini not wanting anyone have any fun.
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: we want our air show back.[/p][/quote]i dont[/p][/quote]moaning mini not wanting anyone have any fun. Joe Clark

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