Labour cover-up: Did Westhoughton taxpayers fund Bolton Council chief’s pay-off?

Former Chief Executive of Bolton Council Paul Najsarek
Former Chief Executive of Bolton Council Paul Najsarek

Labour councillors have refused to reveal whether Westhoughton taxpayers’ money was used to pay-off Paul Najsarek after he quit his £160,000 job as Bolton Council’s chief executive.

They have been accused of a cover-up after ignoring requests to come clean by Liberal Democrat councillors and The Bolton News.

It is thought that taxpayers may have footed a huge pay-off bill for Mr Najsarek who left his job after just five months.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson has demanded to know the truth. He said: “The council is not being honest about whether a taxpayer-funded pay-off was given out. People have a right to know how their money is being spent.”

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The Bolton News submitted a Freedom of Information request for the information but it was rejected by council bosses.

The newspaper has now demanded that the council carries out an internal review. It said: “If The Bolton News is not content with the outcome of any internal review, we have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.”

It comes as it was also revealed that Labour councillors secretly agreed to sell Westhoughton’s Bolton Road car park to supermarket Aldi weeks before the company has even submitted its plans for a new store.

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