Life of Ryley

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COUNCIL axe-man Kim Ryley is on familiar territory as he oversees plans to cut 1,000 jobs at Cheshire East council. The authority is shedding

a fifth of its 5,500 workforce in a bid to reduce a £140m wage bill. It's similar to what happened at Shropshire Council in 2011, with. Ryley at the helm,

when all 6,500 members• of staff were "sacked" and re-employed on lower salaries and new terms.

When Ryley moved. to Cheshire East as £140,000-a-year interim chief exec last year, a Unison newsletter described him as "the most aggressive, stubborn and openly hated chief executive this authority has ever seen".

The impact of Ryley's reign is still felt in Shropshire.  Between 2010 and 2012 the council paid out £l lm in redundancy to nearly 500 staff.  Last month it emerged that a consultant employed on Ryley's watch to help with "outsourcing" of services cost taxpayers £327,000 for less than two years' work. Between January 2011 and September 2012 management recruiters Odgers received more than £16,000 a month for David Myers' consultancy work and expenses - more than the equivalent salary of Ryley, who was on £180,000 a year. Ain't life grand!

Extract from Private Eye