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Youth Justice Board’s IT manager paid £1m in three years

From the Sunday Telegraph:

Mike Mackay, an IT manager for the Youth Justice Board, (YJB) a quango charged with overseeing youth justice and the rehabilitation of young criminals, has been paid almost £1 million over the past three years, making him one of the highest-paid public servants in the country…

Freedom of Information requests and the YJB’s annual accounts reveal that in 2007 Mr Mackay was paid £330,000 for his services. Last year that rose to £351,499, according to the Daily Mail.

This year, he was paid £336,000, which is more than ten times the salary of a youth worker.

A spokesman for the YJB said Mr Mackay is paid as a consultant and said that a proportion of his pay is taken by the recruitment agency which provided him.

Liberal Democrat justice spokesman David Howarth, who is campaigning against overpaid public sector consultants, added: “It seems difficult to justify this level of expenditure given the funding constraints imposed on the criminal justice system.”

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