A top fire chief has caused controversy by spending £20,000 of taxpayer’s money on his new home.
David Johnson, Essex Fire Service boss, has received cash to help him with his new property from no other than hard-earning British citizens.
The top geezer, who is being paid £148,633 salary and receives a £31,656 pension contribution a year, claimed monies from the taxpayer’s pockets to move out of the county and into Suffolk.
According to The Daily Mail, Mr Johnson received £3,704.60 towards new carpets, £3,466.93 for floor tiles and £324 for Laura Ashley curtains. Another £3,877.50 went on estate agent fees, £2,402 on Removals and £4,653 for a mortgage redemption penalty.
The claims have caused outrage amongst locals including Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar. He reportedly said: “I am genuinely puzzled why someone who was appointed as head position in Essex Fire and Rescue should need money to move out of the county.”
The fire service, as with all other sectors such as police and councils, are trying to cut several millions of pounds from their budgets including cutting staff and pay wages.
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