What is less well reported is the large amount of Government funding being spent by this quango on staff wages. The previous NDC Chief Executive's post was advertised at £60,000. This is about the going rate for similar posts Nationally.
However after the Chief Execuitive was effectively forced out by the Board Stephen Lord was brought in as a consultant as an interim Chief Executive. He was then replaced by the current Chief Executive Joan Toovey.
Joan is being paid £47,000 for 6 months working a 3 day week. This is way above the going rate for the job. It is disgraceful that a Government programme to help disadvantaged communities is spending such a high proportion of its funding on paying these inflated salaries.