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Chief executive of councils got £5k relocation package

Ian Gallin, new chief executive for St Eds and Forest Heath.

Ian Gallin, new chief executive for St Eds and Forest Heath.

The chief executive of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council received a £5,000 relocation package as part of his move from Plymouth.

The September payment to Ian Gallin was revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request made by the Bury Free Press.

The request also revealed that he claimed £824 out of a possible £2,000 in expenses while staying in bed and breakfast accomodation from April to the end of August when his family moved up from Plymouth.

A spokeswoman from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said the bed and breakfast claims related to a 20 week period while Mr Gallin’s family was still living in Plymouth.

She said that part of the contractual arrangements for his appointment was an allowance of up to £100 a week to allow for late meetings or other times when he needed to stay in overnight accomodation as part of his work in West Suffolk.

 

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