20 May 2021
The States Employment Board (SEB) has welcomed a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) regarding the departure of the previous Chief Executive of the Government of Jersey.
The C&AG considers that the settlement agreed was reasonable in the light of potential claims that the SEB might have faced, and the costs of defending them. The settlement was also within the powers of the SEB.
The C&AG has made certain recommendations to improve policies and procedures going forwards. These are accepted by the SEB, which recognises that certain deficiencies within existing processes resulted in an instance of technical non-compliance with the Public Finances Manual.
The SEB has provided an explanatory report to the States Assembly.
The Chair of the States Employment Board, Senator John Le Fondré said: “I thank the Comptroller and Auditor General for her review and welcome her findings that the actual settlement agreed was reasonable in light of the potential claims that the employer might have faced and the costs of defending them.
“The SEB acted at all times on professional advice, and the C&AG has recognised the difficult position that the SEB faced. We will, of course, ensure that where there are improvements recommended in our policies and procedures, they will be made over the coming months.”