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Ex-council chief's fee of pounds 1,250 per day.

Byline: BY DAVID HIGGERSON Daily Post Staff

A FORMER Merseyside council chief executive is earning more per day than the Prime Minister in a job in the Lake District.

Steve Gallagher, the former head of Knowsley Council, has been drafted in to investigate the management of the Lake District National Park Authority.

He was appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at the request of Lake District National Park Authority members.

A freedom of information request made by journalists in the Lake District has revealed he is receiving pounds 1,250-a-day plus expenses.

If he worked every day for the authority, he would have an annual salary of pounds 300,000.

Mr Gallagher was brought in on June 7, almost three months after chief officer Paul Tiplady was given a leave of absence in April to allow an independent investigation.

Mr Tiplady resigned last week, even though Mr Gallagher's report has not been presented.

LDNPA press officer Mick Casey said: "I can confirm that it is pounds 1,250 a day plus expenses.

"Mr Gallagher was brought in by Defra in June, and he is carrying out the independent investigation into the management of the National Park Authority Mr Gallagher is still carrying out that report and we expect that report some time soon.

"There's nothing further we can add."

Mr Gallagher became Knowsley chief executive in January, 2000, and announced his retirement from the post early last year.

During his time in post, he played a large role in the development of plans for the Merseytram scheme, which was ultimately unsuccessful.

At one point, he clashed with councillors in Liverpool after they decided they wanted one of the tramlines to terminate at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and not Whiston Hospital or Prescot as originally planned.

Mr Gallagher's tenure at Knowsley was marked by several good reports from the Audit Commission.

He is not the only former Merseyside chief executive earning a high salary since leaving office.

Sir David Henshaw, Mr Gallagher's predecessor at Knowsley, who later took over at Liverpool City Council, earned pounds 900 a day while leading a review of the Child Support Ag ency.

davidhiggerson@dailypost.co.uk

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